You are looking at the BMW i8, and it is the future of the supercar, says Ben Pulman in Car magazine. We’ve seen hybrid supercars before – the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder and LaFerrari all use electric motors to aid large-capacity petrol engines – but the i8 is altogether more innovative.
It has a tiny turbocharged three-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheels, and a separate electric motor to power the front. The result is much more efficiency than the monster engines in its rivals, and yet it delivers a decent performance: 60mph from rest comes in around four seconds and it will reach a limited top speed of 155mph. It is a“great showcase of BMW’s engineering skills”.
It may be nowhere near as “wild” to drive as its rivals, but it is still an “exceptionally well-executed, high-performance” car, says Basem Wasef in Wired. And to look at, it is simply “thrilling”.
The “jaw-dropping looks” are heightened by “the visual theatre of the vertical doors”, and BMW has combined “head-turning” kerb appeal with “potent performance and earth-friendly” fuel consumption figures. It “paves the way for a future that’s both sexy and sensible”.
The fuel consumption and carbon emissions (see below) are “unprecedented”, says AutoExpress, and yet the performance is supercar-quick. And the looks? “Absolutely stunning.”
See more at bmw.co.uk.
On sale in the UK: July 2014
Engine: 1,499cc plus 96kW motor
Power: 228bhp at 5,800rpm
0-62mph: 4.4 seconds
Top speed: 155mph (limited)
Fuel consumption: 135mpg
Carbon dioxide: 49g/km