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A Stylish Grand Tourer
The i8 is an expensive Prius or a cut-price Porsche 918, depending on how you view it. There's an electric motor at the front pushing out 96kW and a petrol motor pushing out 170kW and, between the two, a third electric motor operating between the two which pushes out a few kilowatts and balancing the drivetrain.
I bought mine as a dealer demo, trading in my M3, and it's a very different car. More sports GT with swooping lines rather than track car per se. I love the looks and the doors. Those butterfly-opening doors make getting into and out o...f the car an event since they look great going up and anyone getting out looks amusing. Inside, however, the layout is more conventional. There's an LCD screen in the instrument cluster while the rest of the interior is standard BMW. The iDrive, climate controls and entertainment work well. It will Bluetooth to my Android and you can store up to 20GB of songs on its internal hard drive. The seats are electric and comfortable. But there are things missing. The i8 has collision warning, but not lane change warning. It has electric seats but no memory buttons; cruise control but not adaptive cruise control; and the steering wheel is reach and height-adjustable, but manual instead of being electric. Stange oversights for what was once a flagship car. There are back seats, but they are simply places you can secure your carry luggage on the trip to the airport. The i8 has several driving modes. Sport mode is the performance version. The dynamic suspension hardens and both the electric and petrol engine work in an AWD configuration to give you the best driving experience, but least economy. In this mode, the car can accelerate from 80 to 120km/h in 2.6sec, which is faster than a Ferrari 458.
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