First drive: the BMW i8
BMW's future-proof hybrid sports car is finally here, and we've driven it. But what's it actually like?
Posted: 26 Apr 2014
Electric mode you say?
You can select whether to use up the mains charge straight away, or save it for when you get to a town. As a pure EV the i8 is pretty good, though not as fast as an i3 as the motor is less powerful. But it's smooth and capable, probably as accelerative as a base-model supermini, and can do 75mph in all-electric mode. Going gently, 15 miles is easily possible on the battery. If you want more acceleration or speed, just kick-down the throttle and the engine cuts in to lend a (strong) hand. Only the brakes give it away: the mixing between regen and friction gives a grabby pedal at low speed. Again, the i3 is much better at this.