Supercar Review: 2017 BMW I8

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With the electrification of regular cars on the rise it seems only natural that those further up the automotive chain begin to make use of electrons to improve both performance and fuel economy. The key, however, is maintaining the exotic allure of a supercar when integrating the electronics.

In the case of the BMW i8, the exotic comes in the form of scissor-style doors and a carbon fibre passenger safety cell. The former adds some wow when the driver parks the i8 and the door rises gracefully. Now comes the job of exiting the cabin. Frankly, I did not find a way of climbing in or out with any real grace, although the latter did not feel as ungainly.

At the heart of the i8 is a rear-mounted 1.5-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine. It produces 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and drives the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.