2015 BMW i8: dual personality BMW tested on the Angeles Crest Highway

2015-04-14 13:17:11
2015 BMW i8: dual personality BMW tested on the Angeles Crest Highway
2015 BMW i8: dual personality BMW tested on the Angeles Crest Highway

We took the BMW 2015 i8 to the Angeles Crest Highway so that we can test it away from the hustle bustle of the city of Los Angeles where traffic never stops.  If you especially want to test a sports car, then it is a futile exercise and waste of precious fuel.


However, you can get your freedom away from all these north of downtown, just few miles away, around the San Gabriel and the deserted road which is the Angeles Crest Highway. It rides the backdrop of San Gabriel Mountains and snakes 66 miles into the Angeles Forest, and you would not find a more suitable place to burn gas. As you may think that it might be immune to travelers, you will find hordes of drivers pouring into the freeway from the suburbs of the high desert. But this is only in the morning and coming out of LA in will find no commuter bothering you.

Like the two faces of Los Angeles, the BMW i8 too is dual faced as it functions as an electric vehicle when you are trapped in traffic and a high flying super duper car on free roads like the Angeles Crest. The i8 also matches the city with its styling. Here people like cars that catch your eye immediately and the i8 match that description. Catwalks emerging from the roof bends over to the rear fenders and the car looks as if it is shedding skin from behind. A folded paper element is witnessed in the car from different angles, and the drama is increased with the Dihedral doors fitted at the A-pillar which makes it tough for you to enter and exit. This perfectly matches the Los Angeles motto of looking good is better than feeling good.

It may be a difficult task to get into the door slits via carbon fiber sill, but the interior with its all encasing leather makes it a cozy place to fall into.  In the night, it looks futuristically Blade Runner, but no novelty is the witness with this i8 that we had not seen in other BMWs. The controls layout is easy to find and learn that is if you are friendly with the latest Munich import. The micro seats in the rear would even tough for kids to fit in, and it looks more of a Porsche 911 competition while it reduces the insurance premium.

We set the i8 on an electric mode to test the 15-mile eDrive range which would take us to the base of Angeles Crest. In this mode, the i8 grew very silent and removed vibration and sound effectively to offer a peaceful experience. Acceleration is not quick in the EV as the BMW hits the 0-60 mark in 9.2 seconds. The motor located between the front wheels produces 129hp, and it pushes the vehicle with 184 lb-ft of thrust to a maximum speed of 75mph. The battery pack containing lithium-ion cells nestles between seats like a huge Lego block. But it was good for negotiating the morning traffic loaded with honking cars. The BMW i8 with twin motors has a base price of $137, 450.

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