While it isn’t yet available, there is one vehicle that promises to be a huge competitor for our favorite exotic plug-in hybrid sports car, and that’s the 2019 BMW i8. A fairly exotic plug-in hybrid sports car in its own right, the BMW i8 is one of the first direct competitors to the Karma Revero, and quite frankly we’re excited to see it. While the Revero will always be our choice, it’s great to see more competition springing up in the segment. But we thought we’d see how this new challenger fares against our baby by pitting the 2018 Karma Revero vs 2019 BMW i8.
To create this comparison we’ve compiled a bunch of the most important specifications into the table below. While it’s obviously not a complete look at how the two cars compare to one another, it’s a great jumping off point.
2018 Karma Revero
2019 BMW i8
|403 HP||Horsepower||369 HP|
|50 miles||All-electric Range||18 miles|
|300 miles||Total Range||N/A|
|5.4 s||0-60||4.2 s|
As you can see with one glance above at how comparable these two vehicles are, they are clearly meant to be competitors. However, the Revero starts things off with a few obvious advantages. For starters, it delivers a pretty large boost in power, offering an extra 34 horsepower more than the BMW i8. Then things get even more impressive in the second row where the Revero more than doubles the all-electric range of the upcoming BMW vehicle, offering an extra 32 miles.
Things get a bit murky in the third row, as it hasn’t yet been announced what the total hybrid range of the BMW i8 will be. But considering the pretty steep difference in all-electric range, we can’t imagine it being more than the Revero, unless it was designed with a massive gas tank (which is doubtful). Unfortunately, in the final row, the i8 shows that it doesn’t need that extra power to hit 60 mph 1.2 seconds faster than the Revero.
But if you can overlook that last disadvantage, then the 2018 Karma Revero is perfect for you. Get in touch if you’d like to take one for a spin!