BMW i8 RoadsterCool factor 5/5Usability 5/5Value for money 4/5 The disquieting thing about the BMW i8 Roadster is that, despite its raw power and incredible torque, it is almost silent — almost, because of the sound of air whooshing past. I know very little about the innards of a combustion engine, despite admiring what this great technology has done to advance humanity. But I do love to drive and despite what my wife says I drive pretty well. The i8 is the best car I have ever driven. It is a thing of beauty and an utter pleasure to drive. It is a hybrid supercar that looks the part of its pedigree (and R2.3m price tag). This is the second model from the German carmaker and features a retractable roof which unfurls in under 20 seconds. It has the same scissor-style doors as the previous coupé, which slide up with soundless elegance. It has head-turning style. To anyone who hasn’t driven a supercar, it’s kind of like riding one of those seated bikes at the gym. Your body is more hor...

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