Bring a Trailer Bargain of the Week: 2015 BMW i8

Secondhand supercars certainly aren’t average used cars, but some are surprisingly priced like ones. Whether from technology’s march or changing tastes, depreciation can bring things like Bentleys and Aston Martins within mere mortals’ reaches. But while they’ve lost value, these used exotics often still feel, well, exotic. And even today, few capture that ethos better than this week’s Bring a Trailer bargain: a 2015 BMW i8.

Its hybrid tech lost the performance race, but the 2015 BMW i8 still looks like the future

2015 BMW i8
Engine and motor arrangement Mid-mounted 1.5-liter ‘B38’ turbocharged three-cylinder with synchronous electric motor and front-mounted synchronous electric motor
Horsepower (combined) 357 hp
Torque (combined) 420 lb-ft
Transmissions Six-speed automatic (for mid-mounted engine and motor)
Two-speed automatic (for front-mounted motor)
Battery capacity 7.1 kWh (gross)
5 kWh (usable)
Maximum battery-only range 23 miles
Curb weight 3455 lbs
0-60 mph time EV Mode: 9.2 seconds (Car and Driver)
Hybrid Mode: 4.2 seconds (claimed), 4.0 seconds (Car and Driver)

It debuted for the 2014 model year, but the BMW i8 remains a stunningly futuristic-looking supercar. And yes, it is a supercar—a hybrid supercar at that. True, it has a three-cylinder engine and less than 400 hp. But that engine is mounted in the middle of BMW’s first production carbon-fiber chassis. Also, its triple-motor setup gives it AWD. Plus, peep the gullwing doors. And how many supercars do you know that have three-cylinder plug-in powertrains?

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