2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

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

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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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