BMW i8 elec­tric hy­brid coupe

Robb Report Singapore - - Perfect 10 -

The BMW i8 Coupe is, by mo­tor­ing stan­dards, get­ting on in years. The orig­i­nal con­cept was floated about as early as 2009 and, in 2011, graced the sil­ver screen in At the time, it was sleek and fu­tur­is­tic, a cool-look­ing but fan­ci­ful and unattain­able con­cept car. And yet the pro­duc­tion ver­sion de­buted in 2014, look­ing al­most iden­ti­cal to the screen ver­sion; a con­cept car that could be or­dered at the deal­er­ship.

The new i8 has a slightly up­dated fa­cade, but oth­er­wise has barely changed. This is a good thing as it re­mains drop-dead gor­geous. Its lines and styling re­main in­no­va­tive to­day, while its sil­hou­ette and stance are still ev­ery inch that of an ath­letic sports car. The un­der­ly­ing plat­form also re­mains familiar: a rear-mounted, tur­bocharged 1.5-litre three-cylin­der en­gine and a six-speed trans­mis­sion, mated to an elec­tric mo­tor on the front axle. The elec­tric as­pect has re­ceived a small up­grade, with the bat­tery’s ca­pac­ity in­creased and out­put upped by 12bhp. The to­tal com­bined out­put is now 374bhp, ca­pa­ble of send­ing the i8 from 0-100km/hr in just 4.4 sec­onds.

Be­tween its lay­out, pow­er­train and aes­thet­ics, there is noth­ing else quite like the i8 on the mar­ket to­day. As elec­tric hy­brids and charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture be­come more com­mon­place, it is also more rel­e­vant.

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