The BMW i8 Roadster


The 2019 BMW i8 Roadster is truly a unique vehicle. The i8 is a plugin- hybrid that is kind of a supercar of sorts and also not. Yes, it is a hybrid. Yes, it is a sports car. Yes, you can drive it daily. Yes, people take pictures of the car everywhere you go. But is it a street legal race car? No. For 2019, the i8 is offered in the Roadster version, which is really cool. I had driven the coupe, and the Roadster is a totally different experience. And it just photographs so well. As all things BMW, everything on the i8 works wonderfully–the sound system, the infotainment system, and the driver comfort features. It is truly a great car to drive. I put about 400 miles on the car, and I smiled the whole time. As the weather was perfect, the top was always down and I found myself finding every excuse to drive the car. It was that much fun!


What makes the i8 special is that there is simply no other car like this currently offered from any manufacturer. Critics might say that the car is not fast enough (it is plenty fast); that it might not handle as well as other supercars; and that it might not offer the mileage that other hybrids offer, but, I firmly believe that this was a passion project for BMW. What does that mean? It means that they are giving you a taste of what is to come, and the i8 is for the enthusiast who wants to define who they are by their own standards and expectations. The i8 checks off so many boxes when it comes to the coolness and technology that you can’t help acknowledge that BMW did something special just by creating it. An exercise in design, form, and function because they could. Yes, all of the safety is there, the creature comforts, everything you expect from BMW. But in my humble opinion, the i8 was produced for no other reason than BMW wanted a “thing of beauty.” I think they nailed it. The more you look at it, the more you fall in love with it. It is a very special concept indeed. For more info: