BMW i8 vs Porsche 911

The BMW i8 hybrid looks stunning and has the potential to be amazingly cheap to run, but is it a better sports car than the Porsche 911?...

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What Car? team
22 Mar 2016 9:0 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Our verdict

You’ll never tire of the stares you’ll get when driving a BMW i8, nor the perplexed looks when you try to explain its technology. It offers big performance and tiny emissions, yet remains a doddle to drive. 

However, these are sports cars and, as such, performance and handling are paramount. In these areas the Porsche 911 is stronger. The fact that it has a more supple ride, a higher-quality interior and costs private buyers less to buy all cement its win.

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1st – Porsche 911 Carrera S PDK

BMW i8 vs Porsche 911

For Staggering handling; higher-quality interior; more practical

Against Road noise; limited standard equipment

Verdict One of the best sports cars out there

Read our full Porsche 911 review


2nd – BMW i8

BMW i8 vs Porsche 911

For Effortless performance, low running costs, interior space

Against Unsettled ride, small boot, inferior handling

Verdict Hugely desirable, but not as good to drive

Read our full BMW i8 review


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Specifications: BMW i8

List price £104,660

Target Price £100,160

Engine size 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol and electric motor

Power 357bhp

Torque 420lb ft

0-60mph 4.7sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 134.5mpg (govt)

CO2 emissions 49g/km


Specifications: Porsche 911 Carrera S PDK

List price £89,818

Target Price £89,818

Engine size 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-6 petrol

Power 414bhp

Torque 369lb ft

0-60mph 3.5sec

Top speed 190mph

Fuel economy 36.7mpg (govt)

CO2 emissions 174g/km

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