The BMW i8 is off to a strong start and dealers are reportedly capitalizing on this by charging customers up to $100,000 over the sticker price.

The BMW i8 is off to a strong start and dealers are reportedly capitalizing on this by charging customers up to $100,000 over the sticker price.

While it's not uncommon for dealers to charge more for highly sought after models, the i8 starts at $135,700 - excluding a destination and handling fee of $950 - so the $100,000 makeup is a pretty hefty premium. Thankfully, the price isn't universal as some dealers are only charging $50,000 - $75,000 over sticker.

As a refresher, the i8 has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. This enables the model to have a combined maximum output of 362 HP (266 kW) which allows it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). More importantly, the i8 averages 2.1 L/100 km (134.5 mpg UK / 112 mpg US) and can travel up to 37 km (23 miles) on electricity alone.

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