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<b>STARSHIP BMW:</b> Looks, power, comfort and a hybrid, earth-friendly drive system. It's the new BMW i8 just launched in South Africa and there's nothing like it. <i>Image: BMW</i>
<b>STARSHIP BMW:</b> Looks, power, comfort and a hybrid, earth-friendly drive system. It's the new BMW i8 just launched in South Africa and there's nothing like it. <i>Image: BMW</i>

It's rare in the oft tedious motoring milieu that something comes along that is so outrageous,so technologically advanced, so powerful, so downright automotively beautiful that you stop short while walking towards it and say, sotto voce, a rude word that rhymes with duck.

One such previous was the Audi R8, launched from Cape Town harbour in October 2007 to a positive riot of holidaymakers and, on the road to Franschhoek, crazy drivers on the N1 doing their best not to crash while taking photographs at 120km/h.

You can read what I had to say about that car, while I was editor of IOL Motoring, here.

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