2015 BMW i8

This is it, the 2015 BMW i8, finally on the road.

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2015 BMW i8

From certain angles, the car looks decidedly plain.

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From others, the dramatic shapes at the rear of the car are readily apparent.

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The swooping shape of the rear offers this car a remarkable .26 coefficient of drag.

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Tires are large, but unfortunately skinny.

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If the styling of the body isn't dynamic enough for you, the multi-tone paint certainly will be.

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Doors open upward and outward dramatically, and the rear hatch opens as well.

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Skinny tires up front definitely compromise handling.

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It's a hatch, technically, and yes it is hot.

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There's a tiny trunk back there. The 1.5-liter engine is under that bit of fabric.

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Hood vent on the front allows air to flow out through the front radiators.

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There are also vents around the rear glass, extra cooling for the rear engine.

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Vents in the front grille close at high-speed to enhance aerodynamics.

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Seats are low, and getting in over that wide door sill is a bit of a challenge.

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The engine is under there if you dig for it, but it's not easily accessible, and not really intended to be opened by owners.

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Yes, there are rear seats. No, we wouldn't recommend trying them out.

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Steering wheel is nicely shaped and comfortable, with buttons easily accessible by the thumbs for radio tuning and cruise control.

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BMWs ubiquitous iDrive is here and makes an easy controller through the infotainment system.

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Dash design is simple and clean.

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The primary interface is this panel, that sits on the dash like a tablet -- but don't try to remove it.

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The interface is familiar BMW, much like found on the i3.

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This is the dashboard in default mode. All virtual dials.

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Hop into Sport mode and things get a bit more racy, with a proper tachometer.

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A full 360-degree camera is on offer.

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BMW's standard shifter is used here, rather than the funky one found on the i3.

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Buttons for toggling drive modes and the like.

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This is about all the room you have for storage in the cabin, two little compartments. Here's the first.

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And here's the second compartment. Yes, that's a picture of a BlackBerry in there.

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Much of the i8's structure is made of carbon fiber, which is raw and exposed in many areas.

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