But thankfully, times do indeed change, as evidenced by the smooth multi-mode Jekyll/Hyde thing this i8 has going. The tiny engine (remember, three cylinders!) sits behind the two passenger seats, and the electric motor sits forward. The car switches seamlessly, or manually, depending on your preferences, between occasional all-electric use and a combination of engine and motor. If your battery has enough juice, it'll go up to 75 mph for 23 miles on electricity alone—smooth, silent propulsion—or it will inject some turbocharged energy into your ride if you start smashing the pedal. Under normal driving, the engine jumps back and forth between charging the 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery and driving the rear wheels, with assistance from the electric motor connected to the front wheels. Combined, it's essentially a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. It's quick, responsive, and an absolute thrill to drive.