The new BMW i8 is something altogether new for the German brand; a plug-in hybrid that claims to be the future of the sports car, it comes with BMW’s first ever 1.5-litre three cylinder engine.
Claiming a car to be ‘the car of the future’ is a pretty bold statement. For a car to be a car of the future, it has to be state-of-the-art at the very least. It has to redefine a segment, as opposed to take things from it. It has to offer something wholly different, think outside the box, break new ground. The new BMW i8 does all these things. It’s taken a few years to refine, swapping a diesel unit for a petrol along the way, as well as ditching two electric motors in favour for a plug-in hybrid concept, but it looks like BMW have finally got there. Let’s take a look at what the BMW i8 offers.
The BMW i8 is a technological wonder of a sports car so it was a good idea to compare it to the veteran Porsche 911. You may not be surprised by the verdict…
It is the most sophisticated car ever to wear a BMW badge. Next to it, the Porsche appears rather conventional. You wouldnt call it old-fashioned, even if the 50th Anniversary Edition example driven here plays up its heritage with some throwback stylistic elements, but its mechanical package is nowhere near as contemporary as the i8s.
The i8 features a lightweight carbonfibre-reinforced plastic body and is underpinned by a chassis made almost exclusively from aluminium. But unlike the boxy i3, the new i8 has a plug-in hybrid drivetrain consisting of both a conventional petrol engine and a pair of electric motors.
Getting into the i8 isn’t easy. It requires a good deal of gymnastic dexterity to fold yourself between the lower edge of [...]
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