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BMW i8 review: Driving into the future, fast
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Detroit Free Press

By Mark Phelan | October 15, 2015

a base 2015 i8 costs $136,500, as tested
As a window on the future, a prophecy of what the auto industry is capable of, the ★★★ BMW i8 is cause for celebration. As a car you might consider driving every day, the gasoline-electric sports car is delightful and frustrating, in almost equal shares.

BMW threw caution to the winds when it developed the i8. Ergonomics was the next thing to go...

...The i8 is beautiful and advanced as anything on the road. It’s also a pain to get in and out of, and oddly inhospitable to electronic devices like smart phones...

...The i8’s lithium-ion batteries can carry the car 15 miles at up to 75 m.p.h...
...The tiny 1.5L, three-cylinder turbocharged engine produces 228 hp.
The i8’s total power from the electric motor and gasoline engine is 357 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque...
...Those are respectable speeds for a sports car, but nothing special...
...The EPA rates the i8 at... 78 m.p.g.e. in combined electric and gasoline mode, and 28 m.p.g. for combined city/highway on gasoline alone...

...The unusual drive system is easy to get used to, but the i8’s interior is not. Its combination of scissors-style doors, a very low roof and extremely wide carbon-fiber sills make entry feel like a beginner’s lesson in limbo dancing, but less fun. The sill is so wide, and the seats so low, that I found the easiest exit route to be levering myself up onto the sill and sliding across it. The rear seat is barely worth mentioning, more a leather upholstered package shelf than passenger space. Cargo space is a mere 4.7 cubic feet, barely more than a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Pack light.

The controls are legible and easy to use, but the connections for phones and music players leave a lot to be desired. The USB and 12-volt ports are both in compartments that are too small to hold the devices they power. I spent my test drive with an open lid on the center console and no good place to rest my right arm or stow my phone.

The i8’s not a comfortable car, but prophets aren’t sent for our comfort.

From Moses to Cassandra to Steve Jobs, prophets come to shake up the established order, not put us at ease. The BMW i8 does that with Old Testament intensity. It’s a prophet to be honored, if not always enjoyed.
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