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
Will it do hybrid?
Yup, that's the normal 'comfort' mode. The engine cuts in and out, but it's not too obtrusive because it doesn't have the amplification that it has in sport mode. That said, there can be occasional pauses if the system thinks you don't want much power and you suddenly do, and it has to clear its throat, start the engine and change gear.
Sport mode is what it says: for quick driving. The engine always runs so it's always tensed and ready, and the car uses the electric system for regen so as to be sure the battery gets enough charge to ensure the full electric-augmented 362bhp is always under your toe.