BMW i8

BMW i8 vs. Tesla Model S

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The BMW i8 coupe hybrid has been getting attention on the Electric Vehicle message boards. Just take one look at it and you can see why it turns heads. I thought I would do a brief comparison post on the BMW i8 vs. Tesla Model S Performance.

By the way, if you have a BMW i8 Hybrid, live in the Calgary area and want to show it off, please message me in the comments below. I’d love to take a closer look at this car. 🙂


BMW i8
Photo Credit: New York Daily News

BMW i8 Hybrid Coupe

  • MSRP $ CAD 149,900
  • Range 37 km – Battery Only
  • Horsepower 362
  • Max Speed 250 km/hr
  • 0 – 100 km/hr – 4.4 seconds
Tesla Kamloops SuperCharger,Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S at the Kamloops Supercharger

Tesla Model S Performance

  • MSRP $CAD 130,990
  • Range 560 km
  • Horsepower (417 – 762)
  • Max Speed 250 km/hr
  • 0 – 100 km/hr – 3.2 seconds

Pricing and Performance

Comparing these two vehicles is a little tricky. The BMW price is $149,900. The closet two options in terms of pricing for the Tesla Model S are as follows:
Option A) The Tesla Model S Performance is $130,990. (0-100 km/hr in 3.2 seconds)
Option B) The Tesla Model S Performance with Ludicrous upgrade is $157,990. (Ludicrous gets you 0-100km/hr in 2.6 seconds.)

In either option, the Model S out accelerates the BMW i8 coupe. Both cars have a maximum speed of 250 km/hr. To be honest I’ve haven’t driven either car but I’m sure they perform well. I’ll give the edge on this one to the BMW, just cause.


Clearly, the BMW wins this one with a stunning design. The scissor doors are pretty cool. The Model S is a beautiful car but let’s face it, the i8 has a special look. Having said that, the BMW isn’t going to be a daily driver. Furthermore, the Tesla will be more versatile as it can easily move more people and luggage.

Overall Conclusion

The BMW certainly makes an impression. On the other hand, the Tesla Model S is beautiful too and is no slouch in the performance department. Bottom Line: If I had 150k to spend on a car, the Tesla is an easy decision as its still a great performance car, but with functionality.

What do you think about the BMW i8 vs. Tesla Model S? Which car would you choose and why? Please leave your answer in the comments below! Thanks for reading and please like, share, or post elsewhere.


  1. I agree. The BMW looks way more bad ass. If I had to make a choice between the two, I would go for the BMW just cause it looks cooler!

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