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    Tom Cruise's Ghost Protocol BMW i8 Concept no more

    The first time I had seen the BMW i8 was during a press conference at the LA Auto Show with trailer from "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and Tom Cruise's co-star Paula Patton. At the time, starring in an upcoming movie, the BMW i8 looked like a concept car that just happened to be in a movie.

    Sleek and stylized, it's stunning and a head turner. When taking it for a drive during the North American press launch for the BMW i8, I could see people angling to catch a glimpse, taking cell phone pictures and a few car paparazzi kids positioning low while I was driving through Malibu.

    Being able to spend some time with the BMW i8 through reception cocktails and dinner, breakfast briefing and drive, my appreciation for it grew the more I discovered, and especially through a 90 minute plus drive up the Southern California coastline and Malibu canyons.

    The BMW i8 is a luxury sports car delivering 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds with 357 horsepower, 420 lb-ft torque plus a turbocharger boost with a top speed of 75 mph electric and 155 mph in its electronically limited speed. Gullwing doors, carbon fiber and a signature cobalt blue stripe accent the sustainability focus of the BMW i8 all the way to the tanning of the leather. Extreme sports car enthusiasts desiring more luxury can still feel the road with the 6 speed automatic transmission and 4 driving modes.

    Coming fully loaded with navigation, backup systems and more, your options are trim and color with pricing from $135,700 in the US, without destination charges. Pre-orders are already being taken.

    The BMW i8 is available for delivery this September. An option that I wish the BMW i8 had is an invisible cloak or shield to protect this driving work of art.

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