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Lamborghini Gallardo Flies by Electronically Limited BMW i8 on the Highway – Video

The BMW i8 is definitely a beautiful piece of engineering and what the Germans achieved with just a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine is absolutely remarkable. However, the plug-in hybrid sports car still has its shortcomings.
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While the acceleration is extremely impressive at first, reaching the top speed does require some butt clenching as the car lets you know it is struggling a little.

The configuration of the i8 is also interesting and favors such a behavior. It’s an all-wheel drive model when in Sport mode, the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint being done with, in 4.4 seconds from a standstill.

That’s thanks to the aforementioned internal combustion 3-cylinder engine making 231 HP and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque coupled to an electric motor powering the front axle alone, making 131 HP and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. Together, they do deliver 362 HP and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque.

It’s not a mind-blowing number but coupled with a sleek, aerodynamic body and a low weight factor, the i8 is rather lively, reaching its top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) rather easily. The problem is, that’s electronically limited and this driver learned that the hard way when a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder flew by it on what we’re hoping is not just a highway but an Autobahn.

To understand better how this happened, we need to remind ourselves that while the i8 is an eco-friendly proposition, the Gallardo hails from a different era when CO2 emissions weren’t the only thing everyone in the auto industry talked about.

Under its ‘bonnet’ lies a 5.2-liter V10 making 550 HP and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque that allow the convertible to reach a top speed of no less than 320 km/h (200 mph). That should put any debate regarding why the action in the video below took place in the first place once and for all.


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