When the first BMW i8s entered the country, Ayis Kyriacou was lucky enough to snag one. We caught up with him to find out what it’s like living – and driving – in the future.
“The i8 for me is a game-changing car. It’s so ahead of its time. That’s what I liked about it. It is such a complete car in terms of being able to offer you that Jekyll and Hyde personality. Often, when I had other sports cars, I would be driving in my daily vehicle, and I’d think to myself, man, if I had my Porsche or my Lamborghini now… The i8 can give you that immediately. If you really feel like some drama, all you have to do is put it in sport mode and you’ve got a different car. If you’re in traffic, you don’t have to deal with a highly strung vehicle. You just go into electric mode, and it’s quiet. It doesn’t bother anybody.
“I’ve had a number of sports cars over the years: a Porsche and two Lamborghinis. I’ve also got a Rolls Royce. But the i8 gets the most attention. It’s unbelievable. People stop in the parking lot and get out of their cars to pose with it and take photos. It’s crazy! In the 80s, the Lamborghini Countach was the ultimate poster car. I feel that this, right now, is the poster car. It’s got the lines, the two-tone exterior. It’s out there. BMW really, really hit the nail on the head with it: the i8 looks like nothing else on the road.
“I didn’t think I would drive it every day. Then I thought, hang on, the point of a car like this is that you can use it because it’s so economical, so futuristic and technologically advanced. So now I drive it every day.
“When anything comes out for the first time and it’s a massive jump up, the product usually isn’t that good. When the first cellphone came out, it was great to have because you could walk around and talk on the phone, but, actually, it wasn’t a good product. If the i8 represents that phase of development, I don’t even want to know what cars are going to be like five years from now. They’re going to be spectacular.
“When people started saying that sports cars with big engines were history, it was disappointing. I thought, what’s going to happen to the sports car? Is it over for us guys who love them? The answer is no, not a chance. It almost feels like they are going to get cooler now. It’s exciting because it means there is some good stuff coming up.”