BMW’s New Toy…


They call it the “i8 Concept Spyder”, and it’s looks are impressive. I’m not going to bore you with the eco-hype that has been “built-in” to this car, because it’s a concept, and concepts almost never see production… At least not in the same form as the concept itself. Sure, some technology moves into production, but most of the hyper-futuristic whatnot gets cut in favor of cheaper solutions.

The imagery of the car is stunning in a lot of ways, except that weird indented backside. I think that kind of destroys the look in the rear.

The interior features some interesting choices, and not all of them are good ones. I’m not sure where the idea to put shift-knobs in the way of screens came from, but that person should be shot. There is no reason why it has to be so scrunched up like that. Move it back  and fill that giant swoosh through the middle, this way the climate control can be managed by a driver, even when there’s no passenger in the vehicle.

I am not sure whether I like the guages and displays or not. On the one hand, they are very gadgety, which I like. on the other, the gauges seem oddly shaped, and the other screens are just in odd positions. It appears that the colors can either be changed, or turn orange after you reach a certain speed.


Overall, I like it… Wouldn’t buy one though.


2 thoughts on “BMW’s New Toy…

  1. Interesting design, but a bit too modernistic. As long as we are in the outrageous price category, this evening I was looking at Car and Driver and see the hot red ZL1 Camaro with 580hp. Oh my. Then there is the 2013 Mustang that will have 650 hp. Who buys these things? I once had a Mustang with 200hp and that was enough to blow your socks off. I have to stop dreaming and get back to the reality of my Ford Focus.

    • Actually, the Ford Focus is perhaps one of the best cars to come out of an American company since the early 70’s. It’s quick, nimble, and has plenty of tuning potential… So you actually have the modern equivalent of a muscle car.

      You might think that’s retarded, but a muscle car was always about 3 things. Presence, Affordability, Power. The focus delivers all of those, and gives you handling as a bonus. If only the interior matched the exterior’s style, it’d be one of the best cars in the world.

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