For the brand that used the Ultimate Driving Machine as its motto for the long, ...
For the brand that used the Ultimate Driving Machine as its motto for the long, long time, going all green with the sole sports car in its range was the rather unusual move, at the time, by BMW.
The i8 is not an easy vehicle to pinpoint. Its price tag puts it up against some serious competition in the sports vehicle segment, yet it is unlike any other sports car out there.
Center stage is, of course, its futuristic bodywork design that’s reminiscent of the exotic, as is its carbon chassis and butterfly doors, and the 1.5-liter turbo three-pot doesn’t exactly endow it with supercar credentials.
Nor, for that matter, does the 362 horsepower combined output of the petrol engine and electric motors (no wonder there’s talk of doubling that on the second-gen) or a 4.4-second 0-100 km/h acceleration time.
That’s super-hatch territory right now, but no hatch boasts an AWD hybrid drivetrain or the capacity for zero-emissions driving.
Still, is $150k the reasonable price for the new i8? Doug DeMuro borrowed one in Connecticut to examine all its features carefully and, yes, find out whether it can deliver the goods on a road. It wasn’t perfect, it managed to win him over to the point that he labelled it worth its money.
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