Ah, the allure of shape – how easy it is to be seduced by a fetching form and leave the considerations at that. With a pretty face, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the shortcomings down the line or even acknowledge they even exist. We do it with people, and we certainly do it with cars. For the latter, the rulebook of rational behaviour gets thrown out the window for that captivating thing called the sports car.
The latest one to arrive in town did so a couple of days ago – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid made its local debut at the media preview of the BMW World Malaysia 2015 exhibition, and its introduction has long been speculated despite the underlying thought saying otherwise; up to late last year, BMW Malaysia continued to state that there was no intention of bringing the car in.
But, just like you can’t keep a good idea away or a fetching shape at bay, here it is finally on sale in Malaysia, and RM1,188,800 (on-the-road without insurance) takes one home. To reiterate the point about the allure of shape, all the fuss was definitely on the i8 at the preview, interest and photo opp-wise. And why not, really, given the way it looks. But what’s it like to drive?