What Car? says...
With its butterfly doors and bold, sculpted body, there’s no doubt that the BMW i8 turns heads on the high street. There’s more to it than merely eye-catching looks, though – the i8 may just be the most ambitious car that BMW has ever produced.
Although it falls into the same sports car bracket as the Porsche 911 and Audi R8, the i8 does things rather differently by using plug-in hybrid technology. Its three-cylinder petrol engine – related to that used in the Mini hatchback – is far smaller than those of its rivals, but it combines with electric power to provide impressive performance. This is a car that’s designed to be as exciting to drive as it is kind to the environment.