BMW’s i8 Eco-Supercar to Lose Fancy Doors

Spy Photos | December 29th, 2011 by 18
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We knew it was only a matter of time before the gorgeous all glass doors of BMW’s i8 concept car were replaced with more conventional …

We knew it was only a matter of time before the gorgeous all glass doors of BMW’s i8 concept car were replaced with more conventional ones. Gone are the high-flying butterfly doors; they are now likely to be surfaced in aluminum, or a composite material.

Are we disappointed? A little. Are we going to turn down a press drive? Umm… no. The i8 remains one of the most exciting BMW’s produced to date, chalk full of firsts for the company. We expect the i8 to feature a turbo charged inline 3 cylinder – or at most a 4 cylinder unit powering the rear wheels, with electric motors powering the front, and boosting power to the rear.

BMWs i8 Eco Supercar to Lose Fancy Doors

The spy photos can be found at Road and Track

Expect Toyota Prius milage, minus the snoring passengers. The i8 will likely give the current M3 a run for its money – at least in a straight line. We expect BMW’s next M3 to trounce the i8 in the performance department, however, thanks to a bump in power and a reduction in weight.

Is there an M8 in the works? We can only dream of this eventuality. If we all collectively pray for it at exactly the same time, will our focused mental powers influence BMW to build it? No. Too bad. But hopefully BMW will find a business case to build it, and we can, finally, stop begging BMW for a proper supercar to take to Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and the likes.

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  • Giom (iPad)

    Maybe I expected the difference to be more negative, but instead, it has brought the car closer to reality so that we can start to compare it to some competitors. From that pov, it really looks stunning!

  • T.

    The “butterfly effect” doors remain but the transparent all-glass option is not viable.
    The doors remain because they are one part of its repetoire.  

    The car itself is 97% exact to the i8 Concept.  Because the i8 shows the progress from the Vision Efficient Dynamics in making the car a production reality. The front and rear of the i8 Concept has been extensively crash-tested for front and rear impacts and as you can see they are carried over unchanged.
    The i8 will also offer personalisation as will the i3 so as well as specialist interiors there will be additional exterior options that can be personalised.

    • Manny Antunes

      I like how the test engineers like to play games with spy photogs by applying fake tail lights! 

    • LaMa

      I doubt the rear section will remain. Those thin fin panels are there for the show only. No function nor do they look good in person. I had a chance to see the car in LA and I had a talk with one of the official rep. there and He confirmed the same – car is 97% production ready.
      I just don’t know how the production car will have those fragile looking elements. Also my question is WHY ?  The car can be cleaned up nicely without loosing its touch and make it a realistic looking car.
      as far as the doors … it was never meant to be.  Even Lambo’s don’t have Lambo doors anymore. Its a 90′s cliche and I was actually surprised to see BMW going into this bling with their concept car.
      Nobody will miss those doors, specially not the test drivers and models. I bet many head was banged on them :-)

      a car is 2 years away from production so I’m sure it will be reshaped many times. 

      • LaMa

        ops. I saw the spy pictures.  Its a cleaned up version all right,  but hope not final.
        The rear end is cleaned up just like I said it will be.
        The spy pics are showing a very production ready car I agree, but far from a concept. I did like the concept but the final car looks rather boring. I was hoping some really wild great looking car.
        anyway still much much better then anything bangle created, so I am happy.  

    • Giom (iPad)

      ‘T’, any info on the production wheels? I would think that the wheels would have some aero elements worked into the design. These can’t be standard… not bad if they are.

  • Pimenito

    Sorry but without those butterfly doors the car will be better! Have you seen how an average man get is and out of this car ? Im talking about average height not a midget! 

  • Viper

    I never liked this car. there are many reasons for that but not now.

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  • http://www.abnehm1mal1.de/ Abnehm1mal1

    noooooooo! the doors absolutely made the design :(

  • BMW

    Really? The glass doors are gone? That really made the car a modern style! Now its gonna look like every other sports car -_-

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