Very unfortunate news has come out of Vietnam where an 18-year-old senior student crash a BMW i8. There aren’t many i8 models in the Asian country and this one in turquoise exterior paint reportedly met with an accident earlier this week. Thanks to its hefty price tag, young owner and unique livery, images of the crashed i8 went viral on social media after people spotted it at Ly Thuong Kiet street in the capital city of Hanoi.
The right front end of the car has been destructed with the front bumper, headlights and the fender taking a hit. Apart from that, several other electrical and mechanical components are likely to have been damaged as well. Frankly, the damage isn’t that bad, but repairing the i8 will cost the owner a large sum of money- probably in the region of VND 300 million (US$13,347). The vehicle will spend considerable time at the workshop too since some of the parts may need to be imported.
Although the details of the accident are scarce, it is said that the driver rammed his hybrid sportscar into a Mercedes-Benz. Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident and this is apparently the first i8 to be involved in an accident in Vietnam, where it costs approximately VND 7 billion (USD 311,430). The i8 is a pretty fast car, with its hybrid drivetrain generating 362 hp, enough for a 0-100 km/h sprint of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.