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
But I'm worried about cornering, what with the mashup of different power sources for different axles.
Ah yes. Well, go into most corners and your doubts will be vaporised. It's wonderful. There's barely any roll, the steering is terrific, and there' a wonderful agility - it'll take left-right-left flicks like a lizard. In longer bends you can come on and off the throttle and tuck the nose in a little, or edge the tail out very slightly under power. It feels consistent and confident. Lovely.
Very long, slow, second-gear corners can trip it up though. If you go in too fast or under brake, and get understeer, the i8 seems to get a little confused and won't let you have full power for an annoying interlude. But if you get your entry speed right, then get early on the power, it feels just fine. I think there might still be a front-rear calibration issue in second gear, too. But what do I know - this is such a brainy car you never really know how it's doing what it's doing.