First drive: the BMW i8

Can this really be the i8 on the road at last? Feels like the longest tease in history.

Yes, the first concept car was at the Frankfurt show in 2009. Since then it's felt like a tease because the i8 has been growing up in public - in fact, the development period was remarkably brief by industry standards. There have been more concepts, and we've had development rides and prototype drives and various static launch jamborees. That's because BMW has felt the need to get the i brand established, and even more to get us used to the idea of a new sort of BMW. A new sort of sports car.