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
Is that why it looks so whizzy?
Partly. Of course a low-drag car can be boring-looking (see the Prius) but this one goes further and some of the wind-cheating solutions, like the shape over and behind the rear wheels, and the layered skins to adhere air to the surface, look very Thunderbirds. Besides, BMW wanted to make a statement here. See it among traffic and it really does seem like an escaped concept car. From most angles it's dramatically beautiful, even if some of the multi-colour schemes are a bit too much of an eyeful. We'd go for dark grey on black, without the blue striping, and let the shape speak for itself.