An electric car when stuck in traffic and a gas-burning supercar on canyon roads, the i8’s styling is even a perfect match for the town.
With swan-wing doors, a shark-nose grille, and a supercar stance, the i8 plug-in hybrid is a truly revolutionary vehicle. The interior seats four in trappings worthy of an Ian Schrager hotel. A turbocharged three-cylinder engine teams with two electric motors for a combined 357 hp; the i8 hits 60 mph faster than an M3. Top speed is 155 mph, but fuel economy is less than 30 mpg. Handling is agile and steering sharp; braking is great for any car, let alone a hybrid. Overall, it’s quite an effort.