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16th June, 2014

  • High performance and efficient plug-in hybrid drive train
  • Exceptionally high level of standard specification
  • Pricing for the BMW i8 from $299,000*
  • Customer deliveries to begin March 2015

BMW Australia today announced pricing and specification of the new BMW i8, the second model in the new BMW i sub-brand.

Showcasing innovation in its design and construction, the BMW i8 combines a full carbon fibre passenger cell with a high performance and efficient plug-in hybrid drive train, along with unique styling. The BMW i8 is also features an high level of driver safety, comfort and convenience items as standard.

Just about every add on feature from the factory has been ticked as standard for the Australian market, leaving only the 'character' of the BMW i8 to be personalised by the customer.


The BMW i8 can be specified in a choice of four exterior colours – Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect, Ionic Silver, Protonic Blue and Crystal White – with the latter three exclusive on BMW i. All these paint finishes provide a striking contrast to the black belt and the accent surfaces on the side skirts, rear bumper and on the BMW kidney grille surround, which are available in Frozen Grey metallic or, for Sophisto Grey and Crystal White vehicles, BMW i Blue can be chosen as the accent colour.

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The interior of the BMW i8 is available in three design schemes, each making a completely different character to the inside of the BMW i8. The standard design, Carpo, is available with dark Amido leather upholstery or light Ivory White.  Both are complimented by contrast stitching and painted surface elements on the instrument cluster, door trims and centre console.

For no additional cost the customer can also select the Neso interior design scheme which provides an elegant ambience, combining black surfaces in the cabin with light Carum Grey leather upholstery.

The Halo interior option provides the highest level of premium interior design. The top-quality leather surfaces, in a combination of dark Dalbergia Brown and Carrum Grey, blend effectively with the contrast stitching and seat belts in BMW i Blue, which also adorns the accent ring in the steering wheel. The Halo line also offers high-class paintwork to selected trims on the instrument panel and door trims as well as an anthracite roof liner.

BMW i Blue seat belts and anthracite roof liner are available as standalone options in combination with the Carpo and Neso interior lines.

Each interior line is complimented by the standard fitment of the lights package which uses LED technology to make a subtle yet effective ambient lighting throughout the BMW i8.

Equipment and specification

The safety credentials of the BMW i8 are as impressive as its performance, particularly given its basic construction of a high-strength carbon fibre life module to protect the occupants. Passive safety features include pyrotechnic seat belt tensioners and belt force limiters for all seats, along with six airbags covering all seating positions, to provide the safest environment for occupants in the case of an accident.

In addition, the BMW i8 is laden with active safety features to help minimise the potential for an accident in the first instance. These features include the full suite of Dynamic Stability Control systems as well as hybrid specific all-wheel drive, acoustic protection for pedestrian (for electric drive mode) and a tyre pressure monitor which monitors each tyre individually and provides warning of pressure loss.

Driver safety and awareness is further enhanced by the inclusion of features such as the Driving Assistant which provides camera based aids such as collision and pedestrian warning systems with light city braking, High Beam Assist as well as rear view, top view and side view cameras, all with object recognition function.

The standard Adaptive LED headlights, interior and exterior rear view mirrors with anti-dazzle function, park distance control and BMW Head Up Display also ensure optimum visibility and awareness for the driver.

Thanks to the standard Comfort Access System, entry to the BMW i8 is keyless. Inside, the driver and occupants can enjoy a plethora of infotainment systems. Audio entertainment is via the eleven speaker top-end harman/kardon sound system which boasts a six-channel digital amplifier and generates 360 W to produce crystal clear sound reproduction. The audio can be sourced from available FM stations, the DAB+ tuner, streamed from a paired Bluetooth audio device or smartphone, or accessed from the owner’s own music library which can be stored in the 20GB of hard drive space allocated as part of the standard Navigation system Professional. This feature also includes an 8.8-inch full colour screen and iDrive touch controller.

The security of the BMW i8 is ensured with the standard fitment of an alarm.

The BMW i8 provides unrivalled connectivity for the occupants with the suite of BMW i ConnectedDrive features as standard. These includeTeleservices, Intelligent eCall, ConnectedDrive Services with BMW Online and Apps, Remote Services, Real Time Traffic Information, concierge services and internet.

From the commencement of BMW i8 sales in March 2015, the BMW i network will consist of just six selling dealers in Australia:

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  • BMW Melbourne in Southbank, Melbourne
  • BMW Sydney in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney
  • Brisbane BMW in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
  • Auto Classic in Victoria Park, Perth
  • Adelaide BMW in Adelaide, SA
  • Rolfe Classic BMW in Phillip,  ACT

BMW i8 Australian Pricing*:

BMW i8  $299,000*


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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