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.
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.
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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