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9 Best 2017 All-Wheel Drive Coupes

8. BMW i8 Coupe

Base Price: $140,700

The 2017 BMW i8 is the exotic plug-in hybrid sports car of the future, here now. This was BMW’s first attempt at a hybrid vehicle. It is also clearly a vision of how performance and fuel efficiency can coexist in a future world of limited resources.

With its innovative carbon fiber construction and its awe-inspiring scissor doors, the BMW i8 uses a true mid-engine configuration, with its turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine placed behind the seats. Electric motors drive the 2-seater’s front wheels, creating an all-wheel drive system when you apply maximum power.

The contoured 6-way power front seats in spice gray leather hold you in place. The BMW Navigation system comes with an 8.8″ screen, 3-D maps, voice command system, and over-the-air updates to get you to your destination.

The i8’s efficient aerodynamic design, its balanced weight distribution, and a grand total of 357 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque combine to produce a stirring and highly efficient driving experience. Zero to 60 mph is reached in only 4.2 seconds. Top speed is 155 mph and range on a full tank and full battery is 330 miles.

If you are a die-hard enthusiast who firmly believes in a greener automotive world, then your ride has arrived. You get environmental consciousness tightly wrapped around a futuristic and engaging driving experience.

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This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]