2014 BMW i8 vs. Its Competition

2014 BMW i8

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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The 2014 BMW i8 is a new kind of sport coupe--an ultra-efficient one with advanced materials, electric and gas propulsion, and a lot more--and buyers will have to recalibrate their idea of what performance means to appreciate it fully.
German precision and handling combines with Italian power to create a superb supercar that's also fit for daily use.
No matter whether it's a coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe, the 2014 BMW 6-Series covers soft and elegant as well as it does sharp and athletic.
The 2014 ELR brings extended-range electric-car virtues to the Cadillac lineup, but its Volt-like appeal diminishes as the price balloons.
The 2014 Porsche 911 range spans a broad spectrum, but somehow manages to hit exactly the right marks at each point, balancing performance, features, and practicality almost perfectly.
Now in its third year, the 2014 Tesla Model S has no direct competitor. It remains the undisputed top choice in the growing world of plug-in electric cars, and there's a good case to be made that it's the most advanced car of any kind on the planet.
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