Want a BMW i8? They’re On Sale Just Before The Holidays…

With classic sports car looks, sweeping roof line and iconic kidney grille, the 2015 BMW i8 promises to combine luxury, performance and red-blooded driving pleasure in BMW’s first ever plug-in hybrid sports car.

With a price tag expected to be well into six figures however, it’s not exactly going to be a car everyone can afford, so you’ll be just as pleased as we were to hear that you can buy one today for just $59.99.

Fancy a BMW i8 for Christmas? You can, but there's a little catch...

Fancy a BMW i8 for Christmas? You can, but there’s a little catch…

Admittedly, this particular i8 — a 1/14 scale reproduction of the 2009 BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car which eventually became the production version of the i8 due to go on sale next year — won’t have the same 0-60 time or three-cylinder range-extending engine as the real thing, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the thrills of zero emissions motoring, because this is a radio controlled model.

On sale in Fry’s Electronics, the fun plug-in model is the perfect last-minute present for a fan of BMW’s all-electric i-brand, and comes in the same colour scheme as the original 2009 concept car.  It even replicates the Concept Vision Efficient Dynamic’s brave semi-transparent Lamborghini-style scissor doors, striking black and blue paint work with blue highlights, and massive one-piece windscreen which flows seamlessly from the hood all the way to the rear of the car.

The drivable (albeit remotely) electric scale model is based on the 2009 BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics car.

The drivable (albeit remotely) electric scale model is based on the 2009 BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics car.

We know it’s a toy — and we know BMW’s production i8 now looks a little more mainstream than the original concept car — but we still think this is a great gift for any plug-in driver this holiday season.

There is of course, just one warning: while batteries are included, the ones you’ll get with the toy aren’t rechargeable, unlike the real lithium-ion battery pack in the real thing.

(Hat-tip — and warmest Birthday wishes for today — to our ever-eagle-eyed tipster Brian Henderson.)

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