All that speed would be useless if the i8 didn't handle well. Luckily, the unconventional drivetrain has allowed BMW to distribute the weight of the car in a way that is beneficial to high performance driving. The gasoline engine is rear mounted, giving the i8 outstanding grip coming out of corners, while the all-wheel drive system provides abundant stability.
The BMW i8 has five different driving modes, each one greatly altering how the car drives. Drivers can go for the sport setting, to get better throttle response and manual shifting, or they can sedately ride around in comfort mode, with softer suspension. They can even use the car in pure electric mode; plugging it in back at their house for short trips, without wasting any gas.
In addition to being a great performance car, the i8 also makes a pretty spectacular grand tourer. Standard features include an 11-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, a navigation system with a full color 8.8-inch flat-screen display, BMW apps for iOS and Android, SiriusXM and HD radio, 6-way power adjustable front seats with 3-stage heating, automatic 2-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, park distance control, dynamic cruise control, 20-inch wheels and trick scissor doors that make getting into and out of the car in a crowded parking lot a snap.
With regards to safety, the i8 is well supplied. An active driving assistant includes an around view monitor, a frontal collision warning system and speed limit info, while a BMW assist eCall system provides drivers with an SOS button in the unfortunate event of an accident.