Rarely have I felt more like a Luddite than when filing our first drive on the BMW i8 on Saturday evening. Concluding that this daring sporting debutant doesn’t quite cut the mustard must look uncharitable in the extreme, given how close the i8 gets to cars like the Porsche 911 and Audi R8 on performance, driver thrill and entertainment value. But it’s a fact nonetheless.

I’ll concede that, as long as you think this car belongs in its own niche-within-a-niche, you could easily consider it the best sports car in the world; a five-star product. It’s just not the job of an Autocar road tester to think like that. Sports cars should be built to entertain. And, while they may not have half the sustainable sophistication of the i8, there are other £100,000 sports cars that’ll entertain you better. Simple as.