Autobild’s rendering artist Andrei Avarvarii published some new images of what they believe the final i8 model would look like. In 2014, BMW will launch their own interpretation of a sportscar. Dubbed i8, the hybrid sportscar comes to market to emphasize the core values of the new BMW i sub-brand and according to our sources, it’s only one of the first sportscar to emerge from under the new division.
Design wise, the BMW i8 makes use of the layering technique that allows BMW designer to fluently combine different exterior parts, giving the car an equally futuristic and dynamic look. (Here is our interview with the designs of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept).
BMW design chief Adrian van Hooydonk says “layered surfacing” creates a more cohesive and harmonious appearance while also optimizing air flow. Complementing the i8’s futuristic exterior design with its “bird wings doors,” the interior of the car has a flowing instrument panel and unique seating arrangement.
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 1.5 liter three cylinder combustion engine.
The engine is mounted at the rear and drives via a dual-clutch gearbox.
The car’s minimized weight, low center of gravity and finely judged balance, coupled with a combined system output of up to 354 horsepower. 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).
BMW i8 will go to market in 2015 and we anticipate a base price point around $160,000.