BMW i8

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PRICE: From £106,310 With its futuristic looks and sports car cre­den­tials, the BMW i8 is proof hy­brids can be se­ri­ously cool.

Us­ing a 1.5-litre en­gine from a Mini, the i8 com­bines it with an elec­tric mo­tor to pro­duce a to­tal of 357bhp.

That’s enough to pro­pel it to 60mph in just 4.2 sec­onds. It uses com­puter-gen­er­ated en­gine sounds through the speak­ers to add drama.

Al­though its emis­sions are be­low the grant thresh­old of 50g/km, it is ex­cluded from the dis­count be­cause it costs more than £60,000. Still, with real-world econ­omy of 50mpg and plug-in recharg­ing, few sports cars come with such low run­ning costs.

NEED TO KNOW

Power: 357bhp, 570Nm Emis­sions: 49g/km Elec­tric-only range: 23 miles MPG: 134.5mpg Charg­ing time (do­mes­tic): 3 hours Charg­ing time (fast charger): N/A 0-60mph: 4.2 sec­onds Top speed: 155mph

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