The 2016 BMW i8 attracts attention for its exterior looks, but the technical wizardry in the plug-in hybrid powertrain should turn heads just the same. It could be powered by coal and ground-up baby seals and it’d still be viewed with awe and admiration by the crowds that gather to watch the striking “bird wing” doors pivot up and away, rising well above the roof.
The running gear is very unique. When’s the last time such a stunning coupe came with a charging cord to plug it into the wall? AND a three-cylinder engine? The classic design cues are merely there to point out that it’s possible to blend energy efficiency with both style and performance. And that makes the i8 a car unlike any other.