What Car? Uncut introduces our long-term BMW i8

The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car has joined our long-term test fleet - here's how we're getting on with it...

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Darren Moss
18 Aug 2016 10:33 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Our What Car? Uncut video series takes you behind the scenes of the UK's biggest car-buying brand. In this video, we're looking at one of our newest long-term test cars, the BMW i8.

The BMW i8 is one of our favourite sports cars. It's a sister car to the smaller and more affordable BMW i3 hatchback, and forms part of BMW's range of i-branded electric and hybrid vehicles. The i8 is a plug-in hybrid, and features an electric motor working in conjunction with a petrol engine to provide power - in fact, it's the same small petrol engine which already features in the Mini hatchback.

What Car? Uncut introduces our long-term BMW i8

BMW says the i8 can travel for up to 22 miles on electric power alone before its petrol engine kicks in, and the car can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.4 sec - quicker than most sports cars. The i8 is fast in a straight line, but it's also very light, giving it the kind of agile handling and crisp steering response you'd expect from a car in this class.

Inside, the i8 offers a futuristic interior with a fully digital dashboard and luxurious materials used throughout. There are familiar elements, though, including BMW's excellent iDrive infotainment and satellite navigation system. The two-door i8 is, technically, a four-seater, but in reality the rear bench is best reserved for children over short distances.

So why are we so excited to be living with a BMW i8? Deputy editor of whatcar.com Darren Moss explains.

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