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New BMW i8 spotted on the road in Frankfurt

Videos | December 20th, 2013 by 2
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With just a few months before its market launch, the BMW i8 can be seen out in the open on European and U.S. roads. The …

With just a few months before its market launch, the BMW i8 can be seen out in the open on European and U.S. roads. The latest footage comes from Frankfurt where an i8 prototype in Ionic Silver was spotted.

BMW i8 can be specified in a choice of four colors, three of which have been created exclusively for BMW i. All the paint finishes provide a striking contrast to the black belt: Ionic Silver, Crystal White, Sophisto Grey and Protonic Blue.

New BMW i8 spotted on the road in Frankfurt

BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system.

The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

We have recently test drove the BMW i8 and you can read our first driving impressions.

In Germany, the BMW i8 starts at €126,000, while in the UK it will cost £ 99,125. The U.S. market will also get the BMW i8 in 2014 at a base price of $135,700.

  • Ruprecht

    I really like it. There is something about the back end that is a little off. The silver bit looks like a 911 rear end with a darker wrapper around it. They need to look at that again.

  • Roland Renno

    Give me an M4 and take the i8.

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