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BMW i8: the impossible becomes possible this July

The stunning new BMW i8 goes on sale on July 19th. We can’t wait for the first of these game-changing electric sports cars to arrive at Elms Cambridge BMW.

BMW has put together some great videos which give a flavour of what the car is all about.

You’d expect BMW and Elms to be pretty fired up about the car, but we’ve become even more impatient to get our hands on the i8 after reading reports from BMW’s international press launch. Journalists have been impressed by the car’s stunning looks, green technology, beautiful interior and incredible performance.

Evo’s Jethro Bovingdon wrote: “Cruising at 55mph in near-silence in eDrive mode is fantastic, thanks to the airy cabin, the terrific view ahead, the tangible sense of chassis rigidity, the light, accurate steering and the easy and instant performance even without the petrol engine sparking into life.

“Surprisingly the electric steering seems to have some genuine feedback, while body control is excellent and the impression of lightness continues even to the very limits of grip,” he added. Jethro scored the car four stars out of five.

Writing for Car, Ben Pulman also awarded the i8 four stars: “On paper the i8 will best a Porsche 911 to 62mph. And yet with the electric motor forming part of a plug-in hybrid system, official consumption and emissions figures are 135mpg and 49g/km CO2.

“Thumb the eDrive button and you’re rolling along using only the electric motor’s power, meaning you’re in a front-wheel drive BMW sports car. The sound of silence is blissful though, and without an engine to interfere you’ve got more time to judge the rest of the i8 […] the aluminium and carbonfibre chassis is pretty rigid, and the ride is surprisingly firm. Don’t forget, this is supposed to be a sports car.

“Body control is very good, and the i8 feels lithe and agile because so much of the weight is contained within the wheelbase.”

The Auto Express road test team are even more enthusiastic, giving the i8 a five-star review. “The BMW i8 is a revolutionary plug-in supercar with incredible performance and economy.

“Once you stick it in Sport mode you get the engine running all the time, with the full output from the motor and engine along with firmer settings for the dampers and more aggressive power steering. Flooring the throttle in this mode gives you a smooth surge of acceleration, accompanied by a whine from the electric motor and a deep, throaty growl from the three-cylinder engine – we never imagined it could sound so good.”

We think the i8 is a watershed moment in the history of the sports car. If you agree, there’s only just over a month to wait.


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