Spy Videos: BMW i8


After first spy photos of the 2014 BMW i8, here comes the first footage of the same car spotted during winter testing in Sweden. Judging …

After first spy photos of the 2014 BMW i8, here comes the first footage of the same car spotted during winter testing in Sweden.

Judging by the sound engine, the BMW i8 prototype seem to continue testing the three-cylinder diesel engine that was initially revealed with. Recent reports indicate that due to low popularity of diesel outside of Europe, the powerplant will be replaced by a gasoline engine.

The concept study BMW Vision EfficientDynamics was revealed in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and represents the future of driving pleasure, as BMW described it. Just 1.24 meters high, the 2+2-seater takes up the characteristic BMW shaping style, geared consistently towards aesthetic appeal and dynamic performance.

Spy Videos: BMW i8

Wing doors facilitate entry to both rows of seats, while extensive aerodynamic measures reduce the drag coefficient to 0.22. The gasoline or diesel engine will be paired with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle enables an overall system output of 241 kW/328 bhp.

The final performance numbers are far from being finalized, but BMW anticipates the i8 to run to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds – with an average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle (KV01) of 3.76 litters/100 kilometers, equal to 75.1 mpg imp, and a CO2 emission rating of 99 grams per kilometer.

The BMW i8 will be built at the Leipzig plant and according to BMW, the total volume we should expect varies between 5,000 and 10,000 units.

Last year, BMWBLOG was one of the five automotive publications invited to enjoy ride in an i8 prototype and at the time, we shared our first impressions.

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  • Clinton

    Suddenly I don’t like the back of the i8, too much going on

    • Horatiu B.

      Give it time. The layering design will show off much better after the camo comes out. I spent lots of time with the car last year in Leipzig and in person, looks phenomenal.

      • Tom

        i cant waittttt to see this in person. anyone know if it’ll be at the new york auto show?

      • rybnik

        So, do you really think it will make it to production design unchanged….cause that would be an automotive first. I mean, this is one of the most radically futuristic looking vehicles I have ever see. All the auto sites keep saying there is no way it will be produced looking like this. I, for one, would like to see them proven wrong. We need vehicles like this. They will drive design aesthetics forward for the entire automotive industry.

        • DSC OFF

          I agree, I LOVE the design and hope the radical elements make it to production. I’m curious though, how could that side glass ever pass the side impact crash tests? I’m certainly not an expert on crash testing by any stretch of the imagination but it’s hard to believe they could pass that off.

  • Rad Dockery

    I like!

  • Nnnn

    So… they intend this to be the flagship of the same line that contains the i3?