WHEN FERRARI & PRIUS GAVE BIRTH TO THE BMWi8
So you’ve heard the story of Goldielocks and the Three Bears right? To refresh your memory, this brat goes for a walk alone in the forest (which is totally normal) and comes across a house she then trespasses. She spots three bowls of porridge, the first one is too hot, the next too cold but the third one was just right and she eats it all up. The itis kicks in so she takes a seat, again not happy with chair 1 or 2 but 3 was just right until the little shit breaks it. She makes her way into this random bedroom and the story goes on. The moral of this fab tale is that Goldilocks wasn’t satisfied until she found the perfect “one”, and that’s how I felt when I sat my ass down in the BMWi8.
To describe this blow-out car in a nutshell, it would be like if Ferrari had a baby with Prius and gave birth to the beautiful i8 (mixed babies are always the cutest!). It’s sexy and modest but most importantly, men will get to feel a real engine between their balls and not their vaginas (for those who drive a Prius that is).
Though the electric portion of the car has limited battery range of about 22 miles, it does a hell of a job in Sport mode and has to be one of the smoothest and most comfortable ride yet.
For the Boys: BMW put the total power output for the i8 at 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, with a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.2 seconds. EPA figures show 76 miles per gallon equivalent, 28 mpg average on the gasoline engine alone. However, as is typical with plug-in hybrids, mileage will vary drastically depending on how frequently the car gets charged up.
For the Gals: Eco Pro, and comfortable, a car from the future with beautiful accent lighting and an easy to use navigation menu that is as sleek as the car itself. In Comfort mode by default, the LCD instrument panel tinted its speedometer and power gauge blue. The eDrive button on the console keeps the i8 driving under electric power.
Once I ran the battery to the ground, the car switched to hybrid mode quietly and gracefully, and to be quite honest with you, I had no idea it did until I was told so! It felt no different between electric drive and hybrid modes.
So, if you’ve got $$$ (let’s just say about $150,000 worth) and you don’t want to look like a complete asshole on the road, do yourself a favour and get the i8 – the eco-friendly portion of the car makes it very forgiving.