The Bmw i8 is one of the most important vehicles that will be presented next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), but it appears that someone didn’t want to wait anymore. As a result, the first photos with the production version of the Bmw i8 emerged today on the web ahead of its official debut that is set to be made on September 10.
As expected, the styling differs considerably from the two previous concept versions but the overall silhouette was kept. The second photo shows the interior and we can see the same thing here. Everything was “normalized” and the i8 interior is inspired from the current Bmw models. Still, the three-spoke steering wheel and the electric speedometer give a futuristic look.
Bmw already announced that the i8 will be powered by a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine developing 231 hp and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. The gasoline engine delivers all that amount of power to the rear wheels, while the electric motor with 131 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, powers the front wheels. The Bmw i8 has a combined output of 362 hp and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque.
With these numbers, the Bmw i8 will be capable to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and will reach a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h. Fuel consumption will remain low: 2.5 liters/100 km (94 mpg US or 113 mpg UK) and CO2 emissions of 59 g/km.
In addition, the Bmw i8 will be capable to travel using only electricity and according to the Bavarian manufacturer it will reach a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and will have a maximum range of 22 miles or 35 km.
When the idea of a plug-in hybrid sports car was first revealed, it was a concept that was truly revolutionary. This is the same feeling one gets when looking at how the body of the BMW i8 has been designed. Using the combination of the surface design, lines, and proportions, it becomes easy to see the brand’s well-known efficiency, lightweight design, and even dynamics.
Indeed, there is no difficultly in seeing that the new i8 is not just an i model from BMW but a new generation sports car. Aside from highlighting the color scheme of the 2+2 seater, the structure of interlocking and overlapping surfaces gives it that unique and distinct look. By implementing what is known as a layering principle, it made it possible to wrap the aerodynamic forms in a package that comes with a progressive style.
The wheel arches meanwhile have been powerfully formed in order to put emphasis on the model’s wide track. Having a compact construction meant it was simple to differentiate the combustion engine from the electric motor one. Further, it now has a low-slung design, putting focus on how the flanks have been stretched in a dynamic manner.
With the doors being able to open forward and in an upward manner, similar to wings, it gives the i8 that added intrigue to the design. For the brand’s i models, the trademarked feature is the “black belt.” This is still present on the i8 but this comes out from the bonnet in a “V” shape. It then stretches above the roof which then goes all the way towards the rear section.
Going back to the front section, bordering this “black belt” are the side panels and the apron, having the same color as that of the body. On the rear section, overlapping the “black belt” are the floating roof pillars which stretch above the rear lights. The side window styling and its “stream flow” are present as well and is another important element of the i model’s design language.