Here are plenty of rea­sons to get a BMW i8, the in­di­rect re­vival of the Bavar­ian mar­que’s 8 Se­ries name­plate and its first plug-in hy­brid sports car. For starters, it looks like a mil­lion bucks, what with its fu­tur­is­tic sil­hou­ette and bee­tle-wing doors. T

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BMW says this al­lows for rad­i­cal forms not pos­si­ble with sheet metal, and pro­vides the happy ben­e­fit of be­ing half the weight of steel and more re­sis­tant to mi­nor dings, but with com­pa­ra­ble re­pair costs should body pan­els need re­plac­ing. Large parts of its chas­sis, too, are made of “plas­tics”, though in this in­stance, it’s the au­to­mo­tive won­der ma­te­rial, car­bon fibre, which is on glo­ri­ous dis­play on the door frames, among other ar­eas.

For all its mil­lion-dol­lar look and space-age con­struc­tion, the i8 costs “just” $599,800. Hap­pily enough, lo­cal i8 mod­els come stan­dard with the Pure Im­pulse pack­age, which adds 20-inch wheels, a Har­man Kar­don stereo, and aes­thetic touches that in­clude ex­tended leather trim for the in­te­rior and i8-branded brake cal­lipers.

Stay­ing with the “dol­lars and sense” part about the i8, it at­tracts an an­nual road tax bill of $1,232 (thanks to its 1.5-litre en­gine, but more on that later), which is a laugh­ably tiny amount when you con­sider an owner of an Audi R8 V8 pads the LTA’s cof­fers by $4,206 ev­ery year. On top of all that, this ve­hi­cle at­tracts a full $20,000 CEVS re­bate thanks to its 90g/km CO2 emis­sion.

Be­sides penny-pinch­ing with the tax­man, the i8 will also save you money at the pumps. That’s right – it’s a sports car with­out a healthy thirst for un­leaded. We man­aged around 12km per litre, de­spite driv­ing around with two pas­sen­gers, get­ting snarled in city traf­fic and in­flict­ing nu­mer­ous sus­tained bouts of go-pedal abuse.

The se­cret to its re­mark­able fru­gal­ity is how it can travel for about 20km or so (37km is the claimed range) on elec­tric

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