Given BMW’s current strategy, it is unlikely that a new 2020 BMW i8 will arrive before 2020, so information about the next sports car is at best scarce. However, it was claimed that the new 2020 BMW i8 would become fully electric and that the I Vision Dynamics concept announced in 2017 should anticipate the new design of the sports car.
Exterior and Interior
Needless to say, the current 2020 BMW i8 is one sexy sports car design wise. The low nose, the wide stance, and the aggressive headlamp and front grille layout make it unique in the current BMW lineup and give it a strong resemblance to the iconic M1. The side cues are equally dramatic, especially the way the line that separates the door from the side skirt goes upward to create the massive rear haunches and then blends into the taillights. The rear fascia also reminds of the BMW M1, but the 2020 BMW i8 is more than just a rendition of the classic sports car. It’s feels modern and it’s aggressive. It’s basically a supercar design with lightweight, sports car performance. But while the 2020 BMW i8 still looks fresh in 2017, this may not be the case in 2020. Sports car makers are rolling out increasingly wilder designs, so BMW will have to up the ante and come up with an even more exciting exterior. While there’s no clue as to what the new 2020 BMW i8 might look like, I do believe that the I Vision Dynamics concept will be used as inspiration. And needless to say, it’s a fantastic resource for a brand new sports car. Our rendering borrows heavily from the show car. Although it previews a competitor for the Tesla Model S, the I Vision Dynamics employs many styling cues that would look great on an aggressive two door. Our designer transferred almost the entire front fascia onto the next generation 2020 BMW i8. The twin kidney grille is obviously taller than any other production BMW and it stands out by missing a conventional mesh grille and for having blue highlights on the chrome trim.
It’s really hard to tell what the next generation 2020 BMW i8 has in store for its customers inside the cabin, but it’s safe to say that it will sport a high tech design with plenty of premium features. The dashboard design will be unique to this car, so don’t expect any of the styling cues seen inside the 3 Series or the X5. Now I’m not saying that the two models are a dull place to spend time in, but the current 2020 BMW i8 plays in a far superior league, and this shouldn’t change with the new sports car. Some new high end tech should also find its way into the cabin. I’m thinking bigger screens for the infotainment system and instrument cluster and a highly adjustable, sports steering wheel. Gesture control will be standard, alongside a wide range of features that will enable you to control and monitor the vehicle’s electric driverain. As far as materials go, expect the new 2020 BMW i8 to come with acres of leather and Alcantara in standard trim. Aluminum and carbon fiber will cover most of the remaining surfaces, but the latter is likely to be part of an optional, more expensive package. The leather seats should feature heavy bolstering for spirited driving, but if rumors about the drivetrain prove to be true, BMW should offer a more track oriented package with race inspired, lightweight seats wrapped in Alcantara.
This is where it gets very interesting. While the current 2020 BMW i8 gets its juice from a gasoline electric drivetrain, the next generation car will use electricity only. This rumor has been flying around for more than a year now and, while there’s no official confirmation, it makes sense given that BMW wants to roll out electric cars in the next decade. The change will be quite dramatic. The German sports features quite a peculiar drivetrain, bringing together a turbocharged, 1.5 liter three cylinder engine, a six speed automatic transmission, and two electric motors. I say “peculiar” because three cylinder engines are far from common. Granted, the three pot is no slouch at 228 horsepower and 236 pound feet of torque, but it’s not the kind of output that puts “sports” ahead of “car.” But thanks to the electric motors strapped to the front and rear axles, total output sits at a more appealing 357 horses and 420 pound feet. Granted, those aren’t supercar figures, but at only 3,300 pounds, the 2020 BMW i8 is quite agile. Hitting 60 mph from a standing start takes four seconds, while top speed is governed at 155 mph. As our own Mark McNabb pointed out in his driven review, the 2020 BMW i8 needs a bit more oomph, and the main reason why I agree is that a sports car of this caliber should be quicker than the BMW M4. And the 2020 BMW i8 isn’t. But this will change with the next generation model. For the new 2020 BMW i8, BMW will drop the gasoline engine and will add a third electronic. Actually, it will add three brand new electric motors that will draw juice from a significantly larger battery. Each motor will reportedly crank out well in excess of 250 horsepower, with total output to sit at a whopping 750 horses.
Price and Release Date
The current 2020 BMW i8 is the second most expensive BMW to offer from 2017. With a price of $ 143 400, it is replaced by the M760i, which costs $ 156 700 before the options. Add the packages and options available at 2020 BMW i8, and the sticker will increase to $ 152,344. Far from being affordable, the new second generation sports car will be much more expensive. The new technology, the new platform and the all electric drivetrain will increase the final cost of the car, which could reach the $ 200,000 mark.