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The BMW i8 is the second futuristic petrol/electric plug-in hybrid to emerge from BMW. The emissions, and related tax rates, are the only thing it has in common with an archetypal eco-car

BMW i8 car review

What is it?

The BMW i8 follows the i3 electric city car to become the second member of BMW’s futuristic ‘i’ family of cars.

The looks of this plug-in 2+2 sports car are undoubtedly space-age and so is much of its technology and construction.

Built from carbon fibre-reinforced plastics and aluminium, the i8 actually weighs less than an Audi R8, despite carrying heavy batteries. A 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine drives the rear wheels while an electric motor drives the fronts, providing up to 22 miles of electric-only range.

With both sources running together, the i8 can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds.


How does BMW reconcile the supercar looks and performance with a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder engine?