Win, win, win. The i8 is a nigh-on perfect blend of futurist styling, outlandish supercar sexiness, and the Teutonic respect for minimal fuss. Thus the roof appears to float over the rear wheel arches, a gigantic crease in the bodywork shelving huge parts of metal out of sight. Surfaces overlap, interlock, jut out and disappear from sight in giant curves all over the place. The bonnet slopes down to aggressive, pinched headlights while the taillights are funky LEDs. It’s low, squat and exudes power; only the partially-closed kidney grille at the front gives the game away when it comes to the powertrain.
Dramatic dihedral doors lift out and up to reveal a smart cabin with lots of horizontal lines and low instruments, adding to the feeling of a low-slung car. Inside, a fantastic LED strip runs the length of the dash and along the doors, giving a futuristic feel, while the rest of the cabin is typical BMW: succinct, sparse but beautifully crafted and thankfully intuitive, with the company’s user-friendly satnav screen and infotainment system. The quality of the audio system is fittingly brilliant.