BEFORE I wrote this review of the BMW i8 Roadster, I looked back on the last three years of this column.
Not for a misty derailment of memories or the like.
I wanted reminding myself which cars were there when released – a few years spent boxing bad as a youth and a maturity affection for Guinness means that memory is not what it should be.
Things have not changed much. Almost every week a family car was launched, SUVs were still as popular as Harry Styles during a summer camp for girls' guides.
And the occasional supercar of ambitious outfits like Lambo and Aston kept these pages shiny, just like they do today.
But one thing stood out – electric and hybrid cars were rare. We are only halfway through 2018 and this column is already graced by the Jaguar iPace, Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf, Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid and an abundance of hybrids from Volvo and Lexus.
It is clear the battle has been won by Team Green in recent years. In the early days EVs and hybrids were easy to criticize, but that has changed.
Auto & # 39; s different from other technology – think of the early mobile phones? You could use them as a door stop when you're done with your crazy vocation, which was probably frying your brain cells.
If you are still resistant to the idea of electrified engines, I think the BMW i8 Roadster will make you a believer.
Have you seen a cooler looking car? I would have a hard time answering yes.
. Normally when manufacturers strive to come up with a "groundbreaking design", it seems like an eight-year-old has done it, like the VW XL1. But not this.
The wing doors, normally found on the wall-worthy McLarens, almost justify the price tag of £ 124,000 alone.
But looks mean nothing without performance. Fortunately, the i8 Roadster turns out to be fun. Scratch that, it's ridiculously fun.
On paper, the 0.62 km / h time of 4.6 seconds is not very impressive, considering that the iPace with an SUV format turns it off in 4.8.
But the driving position is lower than that of a snake, so squeezing in the in the cockpit you can imagine that you are driving an F1 car.
It feels stoneware fast – the 141 hp electric motor delivers an instant torque and its partner 1.5-liter turbo petrol (228 hp), while the revs scream while the needles are sweeping well.
This i8 of the second generation is a much more reliable electric vehicle than the previous one, thanks to a new and improved battery.
Although screwed up with 12, it has significantly increased the distance of 20 miles. to 33 – and those are figures from the real world.  The coolest way to learn to drive a car … in a £ 100,000 BMW i8 supercar
The average commuting time in the UK is over 20 miles, which means that as long as you do not drive to work like your car have stolen, you probably only could do it on the battery.
The only criticism I could get on the i8 Roadster is that it is almost too well planted.
You will struggle to squeeze out an upset, and I am a strong proponent that all two-seater sports cars should have a bit of hooligan in them.
A topless version of the i8 Coupe had been planned for years, and now it is clear that the wait was worth it.
It marks a new era in hybrid sports cars, and I suspect that if I come back to today in three years, the game will look very different.
BMW I8 ROADSTER
Price: £ 124,735
Engine: 1.5-liter turbo with petrol plus electric motor
Economy: 141.2 mpg
0-62 mph: 4.6 seconds
T at speed: 155mph
Length: 4.7 meters
CO2: 46g / km
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PEOPLE of a certain age will have their glory days remember drop-top roadsters with two seats and small engines.
When Triumph, MG and others made the perfect cars for people who wanted a bit of fun on four wheels
And not now. Fortunately Mazda's MX-5 is there to fill that gap.