The BMW i8 has been named as Top Gear magazine’s global Car of the Year 2014.
The plug-in hybrid performance vehicle beat off some stiff competition from a host of other premium and luxury manufacturers to win the overall award.
The editorial team of Top Gear commended the BMW i8 for its breadth of abilities. Its 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine combined with an electric motor gives searing acceleration and driver enjoyment is all wrapped in a package that takes BMW’s efficient dynamics philosophy to the extreme, courtesy of CO2 emissions less than 49g/km and a 135mpg combined cycle figure.
Charlie Turner, editor in chief at Top Gear magazine, said: “The BMW is a milestone in the annals of automotive history and a glorious statement for an exciting and positive future. The i8 delivers – and then some. It’s the kind of car we should celebrate, a beautiful vision of the future, delivered now. It is a resounding success for the BMW i8 and the whole team was unanimous in naming the BMW i8 as Top Gear magazine’s Car of the Year.”