The stunning 2015 BMW i8 is both a plug-in hybrid and an exotic sports car. Considering how polar that combination is, the i8 is effective, but not exemplary, in either role.
In an old sketch, "Saturday Night Live" introduced a product that was both a floor wax and a dessert topping. It would be reasonable to expect such a product wouldn't be particularly effective in either role, and I wouldn't blame you for thinking the same thing of BMW's i8.
Priced at $137,495 and eligible for a $3,793 federal tax credit, the i8 is on one end of BMW's two-car plug-in strategy. At the other end is the i3, a $43,395 four-seater eligible for a $7,500 credit. (All prices include destination charges.)
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