|The BMW i8 has been called "jaw dropping," but if you're a woman, don't try getting in or out of the plug-in hybrid in a skirt. MSRP starts at $147,700.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
The Olympics in Rio continue and so do all of those idiotic car ads.
As BMW struggles to build a car that can match the speed or 200-mile-plus range of a Tesla Model S, the German automaker tries to deceive consumers into settling for second-best gas-electric hybrids.
The i8 with "scissor doors" is the most advanced BMW ever built, the company's TV ad boasts.
Of course, it's also one of the noisiest.
A car that uses gasoline isn't advanced at all. You'll still be poisoning the environment with almost every mile you drive.
You also can buy gas-electric hybrid sedans and SUVs from BMW. Big deal.
|You want fancy-schmancy doors? Tesla's Model X has them and zero emissions, too. BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche can't say that.|
Tesla lowers prices
Meanwhile, Tesla now offers the purely electric Model S with a range of 210 miles from a 60kWh battery, starting at $66,000, a lower price than before.
The Model X SUV, which has falcon rear doors, starts at $74,000 with the 60kWh battery, a range of 200 miles and all-wheel drive.
You can buy his and her Teslas for the price of a single BMW i8.
And if you buy a Tesla, charging your car on the road is free for life, something no other automaker offers.