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Spy Video: BMW i8

Videos | February 9th, 2012 by 11
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In 2014, BMW will bring to market the i-sub brand flagship, i8 hybrid sportscar. An i8 prototype was spied during cold weather testing and interesting …

In 2014, BMW will bring to market the i-sub brand flagship, i8 hybrid sportscar. An i8 prototype was spied during cold weather testing and interesting enough, it continues to sport the gullwing doors seen on the i8 concept revealed last year.

Initially previewed by the Vision EfficientDynamics (Vision ED) concept back in 2009, the super-sporty two-door i8 has already undergone over two years of intensive development. The major change is a new 1.5 liter petrol engine replacing the initial diesel unit of same capacity. The engine is mounted at the rear and drives via a dual-clutch gearbox.

The i8 Concept combines the advantages of two different drive systems – an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. The electric motor is not a secondary power source, but rather an equal partner of the internal combustion engine.

Spy Video: BMW i8

The weight of 1480kg is the equivalent to a power-to-weight ratio of 236 horsepower per 1000 kilograms.

BMW i8 measures 4632mm in length, 1955mm in width and 1280mm in height, comparable to the 3 Series coupe in dimensions. A 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time comes under five seconds, with a combined fuel consumption in the European test cycle of less than 3 liters/100 km (78 MPG) and average real fuel consumption of between five and seven liters (33 – 47 MPG).

Design wise, the BMW i8 makes use of the layering technique, both inside and outside the car. According to BMW, the beautiful glass seen on the doors of the i8 Concept will be replaced by conventional materials, a request that was mainly driven by customers who requested more interior cabin privacy.

The BMW i8 is expected to debut in early 2014 and the price speculations fall around the $160,000m mark.

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  • Bflacco

    The idiots running this blog losing credibility all the time. I remember reading this exactly: http://www.bmwblog.com/2011/12/29/bmws-i8-eco-supercar-to-lose-fancy-doors/ 

    Do you people just make stuff up to have something to post?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      We do not control what BMW is testing. If you look at the previous article, the spy photos captured showed that no more “Lambo doors”, so we made the ASSUMPTION they are gone.

      Now clearly BMW has another prototype running around with the gullwing doors so we reported on that.

      Which one will make it to production? Only BMW knows at the moment.

      Signed,

      “The Idiots”

      • LaMa

         no more lambo doors… even lambo’s don’t have lambo doors. only a few 87 caprice and 96 civic runs around with that dumb lambo door setup.

      • FreudeKing

        hahaha people can be so rude here!

        I don’t like the sound of that car – it sounds like some old hatch that’s about to break apart!

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  • UDMF

    the thin tires are making the car not complete. it’s sport super hybrid and it doesn’t look right with these tires
    put some wide ass tires god damit 

    • FreudeKing

      I agree, are those bicycle tyres? Since when did a sports car have thin tyres? BMW is mad! They try so hard to be different and so called efficient. But what the heck? Just make something that people will love!

      • Bmwfan

        It’s called winter testing. Wide tires are no good in winter. Relax…BMW knows what they are doing. They won’t release a super car with whimpy tires. This is just a test car.

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  • Jose_

    es caro es mio pero lo ando vendiendo pa sacar pal corbette stingay

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