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BMW’s New i8 Roadster Is Getting Overlooked. But It Shouldn’t Be

The best-selling plug-in hybrid sports car on the market today is more practical than its science-fiction skin would suggest. How does its roadster version hold up?

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BMW has made plenty of futuristic electric cars lately.

There’s the Vision iNext SUV, with autonomous driving and interior like a nightclub lounge. The company has also distributed a series of concepts throughout the rest of the group with electric drivetrains, silk couches, and wacky, Tron-like exterior designs.