The BMW i8 is the zen-like, sustainable, low-emissions, petrol-electric, ‘new-premium’ German sports car of the future. The design process was not done in isolation from engineering and production, but instead done as a tight partnership between all teams.
Expressions of concept don’t get much more complicated. But, while the two most important words in that string get crowded out by their louder neighbours, they are undoubtedly ‘sports car’. Or rather they should have been – written in bold, enlarged, indelible type.
Unfortunately – predictably, perhaps – that probably wasn’t quite how it was. Laudably mature execution, and offers a uniquely appealing ownership proposition, because the i8 turns out to be a car of incredible visual impact. But drive you and it won’t be acquainting yourself with the undeniable perfect future of the sports car – but instead a £100,000 BMW that doesn’t deliver the engaging edge an enthusiast might expect.