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Five things you need to know about the 2017 BMW i8 plug-in hybridDespite its sexy looks, the eco-conscious corner-carver is only 90% supercar.
We spent some time in BMWs super plug-in hybrid the i8 and here are 5 things you need to know. The i8 has a mid-mounted gas powered engine and two electric motors putting out a total of 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque and that is not a lot. It might look futuristic but the i8 doesn't have many driver's aides, no adaptive cruise control and no lane keeping assist. And Apple car play and android audio? Yeah, forget about it, the i8 is smartphone interface free. Despite its low power numbers, the I8 is a blast to drive when the road gets twisty. Midrange torque is right there when you need it, and the car grips like a beast. [MUSIC] Unfortunately, the off the line feeling is a bit disappointing. 60 miles per hour comes up in 4.2 seconds from zero, and that's not slow, but it doesn't have that same throw you back in your seat exhilaration offered by other cars in this price range, like the Tesla Model S, or the Porsche 911 GT3 [MUSIC] The 2017 BMW I8 starts at $143,400. But our tester model with 20 inch wheels and laser headlights comes out to a whopping $152,695. [MUSIC] That's five things you need to know about BMW's supercar the i8. You can check out the full review plus photos on theroadshow.com. [BLANK_AUDIO]