If you were to plot the general opinion about hybrids since their introduction among auto enthusiasts, the resulting graph would likely be shaped somewhat like a "V." In the beginning interest was high, simply due the novelty of these new powertrains, then the line would gradually fall as the models got the stereotype of being boring commuters. Today, though, things might be back on the upswing. Vehicles like the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and BMW i8 are showing that a hybrid doesn't have to be synonymous for dull. In its latest video, Xcar Films aims to find out if BMW's electrified sports coupe actually earns the brand's old moniker as the ultimate driving machine.

While the focus here is on what the i8 is like behind the wheel, one of the main highlights for the viewer is the interesting ways that Xcar shoots the BMW. It's not necessarily a beautiful vehicle, but seeing it in motion reveals all sorts of little intricacies that still photos don't pick up. For example, our eye catches the flying buttresses and little crevices scooped out of the corners when we get a look at the rear. It's just a fun car to look at.

With its 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine and electric motor, the i8 positions itself as the future of automotive performance. But its intriguing looks and cutting-edge use of carbon fiber would be wasted if the coupe didn't drive well. We won't spoil the final verdict, though, you'll have to watch the video above.


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      Jaybird248
      • 4 Months Ago
      Set against a red sunset sky, this car makes real the 21st Century. Kudos to BMW Design for creating a real stunner.
      Lachmund
      • 4 Months Ago
      Usually not the biggest BMW fan but this car gets my full attention, respect and admiration. Kudos to BMW for creating such a masterpiece.
      goodoldgorr
      • 4 Months Ago
      I like this car and I hope to see it on the road very soon.
      Jarda
      • 4 Months Ago
      For me i8 is a proof that cars don't have to be fugly as sin to be distinguishable, special or even extravagant. They still can be gorgeous. I'm looking at you Jukes and NXs. Enough with the excuses, Look at i8 and learn!
        sfblog
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jarda
        Thought the same thing when I saw the new ferrari 458. I said, there you go toyota corrolla and Chevy spark, this is a proper shaped vehicle. Are you seriously comparing a car with a much higher development budget and selling price point to ones not even remotely in the same league?
      Jay
      • 4 Months Ago
      Gotta say, this makes the Tesla look downright boring. I'm still shocked they actually brought this design to production so intact.
      rsholland
      • 4 Months Ago
      Simply stunning. If this the future, count me in.
      jebibudala
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'm not going to lie, this is badass.
      BimmerZHP
      • 4 Months Ago
      Nice to see BMW branching out to a wider lower sports car look, kind of reminds me of the old M1. Also nice to see BMW on the leading edge of future powertrain technology. It's not hard to see this technology trickling down to the average non-premium brands 10-15 years for now at affordable prices. Smaller turbocharged engines working with electric motors seems to be the path most technology research is going. Audi also has some exciting development with their hybrid electric supercharging system, we are truly living in a golden age for automotive innovation.
      Trent
      • 4 Months Ago
      I think he liked it. lol It going to be interesting watching the best the US has (Tesla) against the best Germany has (BMW, Mercedes, Audi).
      goodoldgorr
      • 4 Months Ago
      I like this car and I hope it will be a success and I would enjoy to see it for real on the road
        PatrickH
        • 4 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        BMW is only making 500 a year, so I'm not sure what metric we can use to judge if it's a success?
      DrSandman
      • 4 Months Ago
      This car might actually displace the DeLorean as my "Winning Lottery Ticket" car. Just... beautiful.
      CruzControl
      • 4 Months Ago
      The I8 is the only Beemer I'd ever love to own.
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