18 July 2014
Feature

BMW's petrol-electric all-wheel-drive sports car hits the UK with the promise of supercar-grade acceleration, supermini-beating fuel economy and limousine-like cruising ability.

Steve Sutcliffe finds out whether the driving experience lives up to BMW's claims on the very best driving roads that Scotland has to offer.

Read our full review of the BMW i8.

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17 July 2014
Looks like it's giving birth to a 911 from the rear view.

As some wag on Pistonheads pointed out.

17 July 2014
speckyclay - Ben Pulman from CAR magazine said the same thing in their July issue, in a twin test between the 911 and i8. He preferred the 911, and awarded it 5 stars over against the i8 which he gave 4 star.

17 July 2014
The i8 has no direct competitors, the 918, LaFerrari and P1 are all much more expensive and fast than this, if McLaren did a lower powered P1 but with the same hybrid technology it would be interesting to see the comparison between it and the i8. On another note, BMW should put their most powerful engine in this and have it as the new 8 series.

17 July 2014
actually proven the real world range? Just how far will it actually go on a full charge and with a full tank of petrol? The video says 600 miles from a 50 litre tank, however the full written review states electric only range of 15 miles, so with a bit of basic maths, are they saying a 1.5 petrol turbo with over 200 bhp will average over 50 mpg, or am I getting my figures wrong, but either way sorry I dont believe it.

17 July 2014
Its a brilliant car, but, its twice the price of a Cayman/Boxster (which is as close to perfect as is possible). But then again its a similar price to VWs XL! which it blows out the water.

17 July 2014
This a hybrid sport coupe that is incomprehensible to all the BMW rivals as much as it is incomparable to any of their so-last-year products.

17 July 2014
Steve kept mentioning how good it sounded, but failed to mention the sound is artificially produced, the same results could be produced with a milk float and a cassette player.

18 July 2014
Morning Citytiger. If it's done well, and sounds good, does the fact it's artificial matter?

18 July 2014
Yes it does matter if its artificial, BMW engines used to make a beautiful sound especially their straight sixes, now they cant even get that right so they make it up, its like diet Coke, or alcohol free beer, it just doesn't give you the same kick as the regular variety.

18 July 2014
A basically true observation and a very funny one.

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