Realistic driving for the BMW i8

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I am NOT the creator of the BMW i8 model. All credits regarding the model go to and Aige.

What you download here
This modification equips the GTA V BMW i8 with realistic driving behavior.
I fiddled three evenings with this to get it right.
The technical data was taken from various web sites (BMW, Wikipedia, car magazines)
The handling is optimized for the turbo charged combustion engine.
~4.5 seconds from 0 to 100km/h, top speed: 260km/h. All 6 gears are utilized within this speed range, which is unusual. You will recognize this when you test drive some other cars.
I did not take the data for the electrical engine because the car runs only 120km/h (~75mph) with it.

Additionally you can change the engine sound to either an electrical drive (references Khamelion) or combustion engine. I have chosen a reference to the Windsor sound as it has the greatest similarity to the original BMW i8 sound.


  1. You need to have the BMW i8 already installed.
  2. Extract this zip file to the desktop or in case your desktop is cluttered, make a new folder with any name anywhere you like and extract the zip file in there.
  3. Start OpenIV and go to the path where you installed the i8 dlc.rpf. In my case it's C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto V\mods\update\x64\dlcpacks\i8\dlc.rpf
  4. Open the dlc.rpf node and click on the "data" node. In the right pane you see some entries now, where one is called handling.meta.
  5. Switch to edit mode
  6. RIGHT click on handling.meta and choose "Replace" from the context menu.
  7. Now a window opens where you can choose the handling.meta from the zip file you have extracted a moment ago.

That's it but hold on a second. While OpenIV is still open you could change the engine sound of the i8 as well if you like.
Look at the extracted files again. There is one called "vehicles.meta with Khamelion-Sound" and one "vehicles.meta with Windsor-Sound".
Now it depends if you prefer to have the sound of an electric car - then choose the Khamelion sound. In case you prefer a combustion engine sound, take the Windsor.

  1. Rename your preferred file to vehicles.meta.
  2. While still in Edit mode, replace the vehicles.meta in OpenIV with the one you just renamed.
  3. Exit edit mode and close OpenIV.
  4. Start the game and equip your BMW i8 with a turbo. The real thing is also turbo charged and my handling meta is optimized for this setup.

How to roll back this modification in case you don't like the realistic handling

  1. There is a file "original handling.meta" in the zip file. Extract it from the zip file.
  2. Rename it to handling.meta
  3. Start OpenIV and replace the i8 handling.meta with this one.