BMW i8 Road­ster

BMW i8 Road­ster £124,730 WE SAY: AS A DRIV­ING TOOL, SUB­LIME AND STILL DECADES AHEAD. AS A ONE-CAR PROPO­SI­TION, LESS SO

Top Gear (UK) - - CONTENTS - JACK RIX

T0–62mph some­where barely big and enough to the store here draw­backs next it’ll 60kg back for cost your are, to heav­ier, a seats cou­ple the you ad­mit­tedly, roof, to Coupe. are £12,000 the two of while re­placed new ruck­sacks. tenths At sev­eral the more, £124,735, i8 Road­ster boot slower with it’s is

How­ever, if you’re buy­ing an i8 to save cash, go hu­mans, drag Even rac­ing four you’re years or prob­a­bly trans­port affter it do­ing launched, more it than wrong. the two i8 re­mains spec­tac­u­larly dif­fer­ent to any­thing else out there. A ju­nior su­per­car, stuffed with tech that isn’t con­sumed with the pur­suit of power fig­ures or cook­ing its nar­row tyres, but de­liv­er­ing a range of smug­ness sen­sa­tions to thrust­ing from zero-emis­sions ac­cel­er­a­tion com­mut­ing and nim­ble han­dling at (mostly) le­gal speeds when you slide the gear­lever left into Sport. Fold­ing the roof back in whistling 15 sec­onds along sim­ply in near adds si­lence, another 3cyl to en­gine the list off, – en­joy­ing 25-ish 70 old this per Coupe a re­al­is­tic real­is­ti­cally) cent the used bet­ter 34-mile no-petrol to bat­tery man­age, bat­tery-only claimed com­muter, ca­pac­ity by (more the range. way, than as­sum­ing like mak­ing That’s the you’ve in. Come got the some­where week­end, at you ei­ther may end want to to plug drive it a lit­tle harder, and the Road­ster is happy to play along, zap­ping away from a stand­still, charg­ing hard when the gar­gling three-pot joins in, un­der­steer­ing a lit­tle less than the Coupe used to and flow­ing beau­ti­fully with what­ever sur­face you find your­self on – yep, even here in the UK. But what I love is it never pre­tends to be race-bred or track-ori­en­tated; it’s a road car above all else, and there­fore sized, sprung and pow­ered ac­cord­ingly. Frankly, the i8 is in dan­ger of be­ing decades ahead of its time but a com­mer­cial flop. But de­spite pack­ag­ing flaws, by dou­bling the i8 line-up, the Road­ster gives the i8 the chance to suc­ceed its all-round bril­liance de­serves.

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