How many times have you gone to an auto show, gazed wistfully at the concept cars and said; “Why don’t they build that? I’d buy one in a heartbeat!” If that was your response to the BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics car making the auto show rounds back in 2009, here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is, er, was. The 2014 BMW i8 is the production version of that car, and a near dead ringer to boot.
A real-live plug-in hybrid exotic sports car from a European manufacturer with a significant pedigree, the BMW i8 is an extraordinary example of what can happen when a manufacturer with a well-deserved reputation for performance decides to get serious about making an alternative powertrain do exceptional things.
Driving it is a singularly unique experience; both for the way it goes and the effect it has on passersby.