BMW i8 shatters image of plug-in hybrids

    Talking Cars podcast discusses the head-turning, environmentally-friendly exotic car

    Published: September 23, 2014 12:00 PM

    Gabe, Tom, and Jake

    Plug-in hybrids and electric cars have a lot of positive qualities. They're energy efficient, environmentally responsible, and inexpensive to operate. But few would use words like "exciting" or "eye-catching" to describe them. The BMW i8 shatters this stereotype.

    Episode 48 of the "Talking Cars with Consumer Reports" video podcast dives into the i8's deep high-tech pool. With multiple powertrains and carbon-fiber intensive construction, the i8 redefines the exotic car. Even if you drop all of the tech talk, the i8's out-there looks and pivoting doors make it one of the most attention-getting cars we've driven.

    Shifting gears, we then talk about feedback to our Subaru WRX review. It's inevitable that when we're not super-impressed about an enthusiast favorite, we'll attract angry critics. We take a look at the comments and revisit whether the WRX STI is worth its price premium over the regular WRX.

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