Car manufacturers are forever banging on about innovation and groundbreaking technology, but most of the time, these innovations only push the needle by a fraction. The i8 however pushes the needle on to another dial entirely. BMWs plug-in hybrid supercar is nothing short of a motoring landmark. A car of the future that you can buy today.
Now, we record their very alignment, that the looks automatic, as any color of the future should most of what you see before you is made of plastic, reinforced with carbon fiber and that has a number of benefits. It helps keep weight down, but maintain strength the versatility of the material, also allows the designers to throw some pretty cool shapes. Just look at this air duct, which runs over the rear wheel arch and pretty much bus through the backlight. You will not see that anywhere else and that is just one example. There are mind-bending curves increases simply all over this car and the two-tone color scheme and super cool doors, just add to the theater.
Things feel pretty futuristic in here as well like the bodywork the interior has all sorts of wacky shapes and textures and these two screens display all the information that regular Doyle’s wood along with the lowdown on what’s currently going on, with the it’s complicated drive train. The middle screen is also the basis for operating most of the cars for conventional functions, and it’s all pretty easy to use. Importantly for a car costing this much money the cabinet feels plush, as well as futuristic, with gorgeous high-great materials. However, it’s best not to view the crap rear seats as anything other than extra luggage space, which you might need, because the boot is tiny.
Explaining all the complexities about how the i8’s plug-in hybrid drive train works would take us all day and we’re going to go a couple of minutes. All you really need to know is that it uses a combination of electric motors lift your mind batteries and a 1.5 liter turbocharged petrol engine to deliver supercar performance along with city car running costs. The other thing you really need to know, is what it feels like to drive and the answer is this simply said station.
Select the cars sports is driving mode like so and you get the full force of all the various power sources amounting to a total 357 brake horse power. It doesn’t have quite the same organ bashing, all of once performance you get from intervention house. But with 0-62 mph in just 4.4-seconds it’s still easily fast enough to put a big stupid smile on your face.
And then, there is that noise the petrol engine in this thing only has, three services but listening to it you’d swear it had at least double. And the handling is even more exhilarating, than the noise because lightweight stature makes it builds supremely the agile when you’re changing direction and you’ve also got enormous grip unshakable morning control and steering that is packed with field and precision. And then when you get to the end of your favorite country road, you can just slow down a bit select one of the other driving modes one that concentrates less on performance a bore an economy, and you can just travel along in their silence. The suspension also something’s off to give what is actually a forgiving and quite comfortable right, and that makes the i8 a surprisingly relax car in which two people through town or bloody up and down motorways. A full charge of the factory will allow you to drive up to 22 miles on electric power and that helps the car achieve an official fuel consumption bigger of wait for it 134 miles per gallon. Now achieving that in the real world is going to be very very tricky indeed, but even so that figure is deeply impressive.
The BMW i8 delivers all the performance glamour and excitement of a conventional super car but with regular plugging it will also deliver unbelievably low running costs. It’s even pretty affordable – bye-bye supercar standards and for the amount of technology you’re getting it looks like something of a bargaining. If you’re after a super girl with a conscience this is it.
Published: Patrik Jonsson