The BMW i8 can go from 0–100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (160 mph). The BMW i8 has a fuel efficiency of 2.1 L/100 km (134.5 mpg-imp; 112.0 mpg-US) under the NEDC test with carbon emissions of 49 g/km. Additionally with the BMW i8, EPA rated its combined fuel economy at 76 equivalent (MPG-equivalent) (3.1 L gasoline equivalent/100 km; 91 mpg-imp gasoline equivalent).
The F80/F82 models are also more distinct from their 3 Series basis than ever before, with bespoke front and rear suspension hardware, and monocoque upgrades sufficient to warrant unique model codes from the F30/F32 3 and 4 Series models for the first time. The interiors feature specific trim with carbon fibre highlights, unique instruments, heavily bolstered seats, and the new weight-tailored magnesium-framed M steering wheel that combines a thick rim with soft padding around its circumference for consistent finger grip, and is perfectly circular to appease purists.
The M3 does weigh 23kg more than the M4, but the extra metal needed for its four-door body doesn't blunt its handling or acceleration in any way as it is more towards the back of the car, providing the sedan with an ideal 50:50 weight balance and helping it scorch to 100km/h in an identical 4.1 seconds.
The bottom line for me is that the M3 as I loved it is gone, deceased, no more. As a lover of 4-door sedans (over any coupe), I’m saddened by this conclusion. I’m even more depressed by the fact that a Caddy CTS V-sport or Dodge Charger SRT are my only options if I want equal hp bragging rights.
If you’re still finding that you want one, base price is $74,000. If you’d like tons of bells and whistles, look for a 6-figure loan from the bank.