2024 BMW i8 A lot of time has passed since the high-end German automaker threw the i8 onto the market to battle against the hybrid sports cars of the time, such as the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder.
Back when it was released, the BMW i8 was a true game-changer. However, things do not stay the same as it is difficult to last more than a year or two in the rapidly evolving world of automobiles.
And now, after seven years, many rumors of a super-futuristic successor are on the verge of launching.
Strong enough to keep up with the Polestar and Acura NSX, the BMW i8 M is set to have the upper end of the market. That said, let’s find out about everything that has been revealed so far about the mind-boggling i8 M.
2024 BMW i8 Preview
While the current i8 doesn’t live up to BMW’s sporting intentions for it, it doesn’t seem to have kept the German luxury brand off the high-value hybrid sports car.
Development of the next i8 — we fans call it the i8 M, considering it should represent a significant performance boost over the current model — is underway, and BMW’s Vision M Next concept from mid-2019 is proof of that.
The big power boost, longer all-electric driving range, updated styling, and more capable chassis are all expected to separate the i8 M from the model it will eventually replace.
The i8 M — or whatever BMW decides to call the next-generation hybrid sports car — will be all-new for the 2024 model year.
We expect to find out more as we get closer to the car’s sales date, which is forecast to be around 2023 as the 2024 model year.
2024 BMW i8 Redesign Concept
The i8 concept goes back to 2009 when all BMW thought about was how to achieve better performance with less fuel consumption.
And it wasn’t just an empty dream; although it took five years, the BMW i8 found its way into the hearts of sports car enthusiasts soon after its release in June 2014.
Generating around 370 HP, it can calmly jump from 0 to 6 MPH in just 4.4 seconds with the help of two separate electric motors powered by 11.6 kWh working with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. So much is going on under the hood and 2014 can’t stand the pace.
A year after the i8 became available as a 2-door roadster, BMW introduced the Vision M Next concept car in 2019; it’s also a hybrid but looks a lot more whimsical and defined.
BMW is keeping the avant-garde concept as a hybrid and saving its electrification potential for later. The power is increased, and the appearance is sort of a smart and subtle mix of the i8 and the old German BMW M1.
Moments after everyone was impressed with BMW’s imminent future, rumors began to spread claiming that the concept remained as it was and would not go any further. Good news? They’re still rumors.
2024 BMW i8 Interior
Little is known about the i8 M’s cabin so far, but we hope BMW overcomes the difficulties of getting in and out of the i8 by equipping the new car with hinged front doors and a lower side sill to make the interior more accessible.
Like today’s cars, the i8 M will be BMW’s playground for future styling and should feature unique materials, cutting-edge features, and stunning design. Storage and cargo capacity will likely remain limited, but the front trunk (or “frunk”) may appear to provide additional luggage space.
A lot can change in the world of in-car infotainment in over three years, so details on what the i8 M might offer are anyone’s guess.
In the Vision M Next concept, BMW showcased a futuristic infotainment display that the company calls the Boost Pod; it consists of multiple glass screens and a heads-up display to give the driver access to car-related information and in-flight entertainment features.
The cabin of the i8 M is where BMW can get creative, making things unique. While little is known about the inside, we might see some styling cues from the current i8.
The BMW i8 M will be available as both a coupe and a roadster, which means we shouldn’t expect a lot of cargo space, but both front passengers will find the cabin quite comfortable.
The mystery of the BMW i8 M doesn’t end there; we’re also lacking in terms of tech features, but it won’t be like the usual setups we’ve seen these days.
Over the past few years, auto manufacturers have gone to great lengths to fulfill their jobs with lots of high-tech stuff and various safety features, and since we’re about two years away from the release date, it’s not wise to try to predict what kind of technology the i8 M might bring us.
All BMW has shown so far is a HUD (head-up display) and some glass screens to show all the necessary information plus entertainment stuff; the whole bundle is called the Boost Pod. Quite interesting.
2024 BMW i8 Engine
The i8 M plug-in hybrid powertrain is anticipated to follow the same basic setup as the current i8, meaning an electric motor driving the front wheels and a center-mounted petrol engine, and an electric motor for the rear wheels.
In lieu of the i8’s 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, BMW says the new car will offer a turbocharged four-cylinder; the company also claims total system output—electric and gas combined—of 591 horsepower, which is far more than the i8’s 369 horsepower output.
This upgraded powertrain will help the i8 M compete with rivals like the Acura NSX, Lexus LC500h, and Polestar 1.
As you already know, the BMW i8 M will sport a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and like the previous i8, the same combination of two separate electric motors along with a petrol engine will supply power.
Not much has been revealed about the battery yet. Nothing extraordinary to expect, but based on what has been said, it will support up to 62 miles if you go all-electric, which sounds pretty promising compared to the previous 18-mile range battery pack.
One electric motor accompanies the mid-mounted 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine to send power to the rear wheels.
But an all-wheel-drive system will also be available with another electric motor driving the front wheels. While there’s not much agreed-upon information about how much output we can get, more power is what we least expect from BMW’s upcoming supercar.
For a 2019 concept car with a top speed of 186 MPH, BMW boasts a 591-HP output, which takes you to 62 MPH in three seconds.
Overall, the numbers are far off, and hopefully, they’ll stay the same for the i8 M (and maybe improve a bit?).
2024 BMW i8 Electric
The i8’s current 18-mile electric driving range isn’t impressive, to say the least. BMW has been tight-lipped on details such as battery size but says the electric driving range for the Vision M Next concept is claimed to be 62 miles.
That means BMW engineers either find a way to squeeze more miles out of the car’s current 11.6 kWh battery pack or they find room for a much larger unit. This is almost certainly the last.
More information will be available regarding the i8 M’s battery, range, and charging capabilities as the car goes on sale.
2024 BMW i8 Hybrid
BMW is working on a follow-up to the i8 plug-in-hybrid halo car, which in itself never really lived up to expectations.
Previewed by the 2019 BMW Vision M Next concept car, this as-yet-unnamed successor (we call it the i8 M) should put more emphasis on performance than its predecessor.
It could also set the Bimmer world on fire with a retro M1-inspired style — it could have a rear grille, man!
Following in the footsteps of the i8, this supercar will have an electrified front axle and combine a turbocharged gas engine with an electric motor at the rear axle. But here you will find the inline-four, not the inline-three i8.
The battery will allow at least 60 miles of EV driving between charges. The combined output will tempt 600 ponies, so it should address anyone’s concern about the i8 M having a motor to back up its M1 display.
After BMW sold most of its stake in the Washington carbon fiber plant, reports suggested there would be no more carbon-bodied Bimmers. We suspect the report is wrong.
The evolution of the i8’s carbon-fiber body seems inevitable, as the concept flaunts unpainted composite sills and trim. BMW might mix some structural metals.
The increased power and greater emphasis on driving fun will help the i8 M compete with other hybrid sports cars like the Acura NSX and Polestar 1, and even non-hybrids like the Porsche 911 Turbo.
BMW could put low roll resistance rubber on this one too, as it did on the i8, but we’re pretty sure the company has learned that lesson.
2024 BMW i8 MPG
The EPA has yet to test the i8 M or release an estimate for its fuel consumption — which isn’t surprising since the car doesn’t exist yet.
In addition to increasing the electric driving range, we expect the i8 M to offer slightly better fuel economy ratings than the current i8, despite the anticipated improvements in acceleration and driving performance. For more information on the i8 M’s fuel economy, visit the EPA website.
2024 BMW i8 Price
Without knowing how the i8 M will be outfitted or what options might be available, it’s hard to recommend a specific model.
We expect the i8 M to be offered in a fixed-top coupe body style as well as a ragtop roadster, similar to the current model lineup.
- Coupe $160,000 (est)
- Roadster $180,000 (est)
2024 BMW i8 Release Date
BMW‘s warranty coverage may change between now and 2024, but if things remain stable in these areas, expect the same warranty package available in the lineup today.
The special hybrid component warranty is the only certainty, and we expect BMW to continue to offer a three-year free maintenance plan for all new models.
We won’t see a production version until 2023, but you better start saving now. The i8 M should cost at least $160,000.