The i8 is a new age sports car, but it proves that the basic tenets of involving handling, strong straight-line performance and eye-catching styling will always be central to the sports car proposition.
With its clever hybrid drivetrain, the i8 is very nearly as accelerative as a Porsche 911 Carrera, but it can also cover close to 20 miles in electric only mode. The drivetrain is certainly an impressive technological achievement and an object lesson in systems integration.
The i8’s performance is quite frankly astonishing for a car with a three-cylinder engine. The combination of a 170kW petrol engine and a 96kW electric motor means it can deliver an M3-rivalling 0-100 km/h time of 4.4 seconds.
In everyday driving the i8 is comfortable given its performance potential. It has better body control over a cresting, undulating road than any of BMW’s high performance M cars and it feels agile, darty and poised in corners.
BMW has done a stellar job with the i8’s design. Perhaps one of the few cars to ever truly live up to its concept, there is nothing else on the road quite like it.