Last edited by JBT; 08-23-2013 at 11:29 AM. Reason: add photos
2014 brown Volt
2013 Nissan Leaf
1999 Miata electric conversion
2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel
2011 Cyber Gray, Std Wheels, Black Leather/White Console, Bose, Nav, Htd Seats, Park Assist. Picked up May 2011
Best All Electric Miles: 54.2
Lifetime: 84,576 miles, 135 MPG, Remaining Oil Life 74%
Typical Commute: 60 miles
30 day Stats: 1366 miles, 125 MPG, 65% Electric, 33% gas, Saved 48 gal., 27 kW-hr/100 miles
Hidden Content Free Volt Manual here: Hidden Content
From what I have read it will be above $100,000 so not a competition for the volt at all. I'd take a Tesla Model S anytime for that kind of price since the I8 will not have better pert apparently than the Tesla.
Sold the Volt
Cool paint job! I wonder if that comes standard, or if it's an extra cost option like White Diamond Tricoat, LOL.
B1756 "Buy American, the job you save may be your own"
Should be a better race car than the Model S. BMW says the i8 will compete with supercars and all supercars are faster than the Model S. The 0-60 times may be similar but the i8 will definitely handle the curves better. No getting around the physics of F=ma. It apparently will also have a much higher price tag -- think $150K rather than $100K. But hey, you get "generous" 2+2 seating. LOL
I am looking forward to checking one out.
2013 White Diamond Volt Owner.
Beautiful, but a sheep in wolf's clothing. Mediocre electric performance. About as quick as a Volt with range and max speed similar to Plugin Prius. Mediocre gas performance, 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. Slower than a Tesla at about the same price, much slower than a Corvette that costs half as much. Despite having an ICE, no range extender capability, basically a good looking gas sports car with a very basic electric drive added on, almost as an after thought.
The i8 goes 0-60 in less than 4.5 seconds. The Model S Performance in 4.2 seconds. The Corvette in 3.8 seconds. There are some differences but all these times are more or less the same. I doubt the same driver would see much difference.
Of all three I'd expect the Model S to be the slowest on a course. It's carrying too much weight to be quick in the corners. (Keep in mind the lighter and faster Tesla Roadster didn't crack the top 100 fastest cars on the Top Gear course).
Also let's not forget that at some point it's more about the driver than the car. I have no doubt that a professional driver in an Impala would easily beat my times in a Model S Performance.
Last edited by DonC; 08-23-2013 at 02:47 PM.