The 2014 BMW i8 has few direct competitors for its mix of efficient powertrain, Space Age-y materials and design, and stunningly sexy lines.
The Audi R8 delivers traditional mid-engine performance, with engines that come in big and bigger (it's also long in the tooth, and will be replaced within two years).
The Porsche 911 is a classic sport coupe, and we're not sure those who want one actually look at any other car.
Perhaps BMW's own 6-Series coupe is a competitor, though its normally sleek design looks positively tank-like against the i8's flowing lines--though it does have four real seats.
Oddly enough, the Tesla Model S may be considered, although it's a large luxury sedan powered entirely by electricity--but it carries some of the BMW's sex appeal.
Finally, the low-volume and very expensive Cadillac ELR may look like a match on paper, but against the BMW i8, it suffers from blocky lines, its U.S.
brand, and far less performance from a range-extended electric powertrain that draws heavily on Chevy Volt hardware.
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