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2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: High performance but with a conscience
2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: High performance but with a conscience

Attention, eco-chic speed freaks: Set aside your Teslas; you have a new toy to covet. The 2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid and the all-electric i3 are the first offerings from the automaker's new i subbrand. Equal parts sex appeal and efficiency, the cars combine electrification with lightweight construction and eye-catching designs. We recently spent a day in the i8, a 357-horsepower, all-wheel-drive coupe with wing-like doors that open upward and a body that will excite anyone with a pulse. This is no Leaf or Volt. The i8 sells for $136,000. But it's not a Porsche 911 or Audi R8 either — though it costs about as much. This car promises high performance, but limited by a...

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