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
How's the chassis itself?
Brilliant actually. The fundamentals are present: a very low C of G, all significant mass inside the wheelbase, and 53 percent on the rear, plus a palpably stiff body. You sit low, so you feel little rock or pitch. The steering is spot-on in ratio and progression, and gives you a good feel for the tyres' effort. Springing is beautifully judged, supple enough to be acceptable in grumpy urban running, but firm enough for the dampers to stick their teeth into when you're pressing on. In twisty and bumpy sections taken fast, there's no float to speak of and the dampers check body motions with terrific resolve, and yet they don't make things harsh when you're wafting. They're adaptive, but feel very natural. There's also remarkably little tyre roar, thanks probably to their narrowness, which adds to the refinement and matters a lot in electric running when there's no engine noise to drown the tyres out.