• Mar 8, 2011
BMW i8 Spy Shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

BMW doesn't seem to be too engaged in trying to hide what the company's new i8 supercar will look like when it arrives – in fact, it's been so kind as to leave the label on one of its prototypes. Our keen-eyed spy photographers managed to snap a few quick photos of the vehicle dashing through the snow in northern Sweden during a little cold-weather testing. The machine you see above will be the reigning monarch of the Bavarian automaker's new sub-brand, i, once it debuts.

Based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept that starred at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the vehicle is said to pack 2+2 seating, a 0-62 mph time in the 4.8 second range and fuel economy of over 62 mpg U.S., along with a supercar price tag. Look to fork over around $200,000 when this beastie touches down.

There's been some indication that BMW will forgo the thrifty diesel engine of the concept in favor of a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline mill to work in coordination with a hybrid system. While that's bad news bears for diesel fans, the fact that BMW is gearing the platform toward gasoline means that this vehicle will more than likely show up on American shores.



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh yeah because everyone who can afford a $160k car is really worried about paying for the gas :P but really its pretty brilliant because every movie/sports star who wants that "i love the environment" image will buy one. Its going to be the new prius in hollywood
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, another way to look at it is that having to stop at gas stations less frequently is a nice luxury!
      • 3 Years Ago
      So when BMW said that they were coming out with a super car of their own, and even showed off that crazy-looking i8 concept, I figured they would simply use a few of its styling cues for inspiration and tame-down the styling for production, not actually make it really look like it.
      Wow.
      I'm impressed by BMW's bravery, even if I'm not really sold on the styling itself.

      Then again, this could easily be a VERY well hidden design and the camo is simply made to look like the i8.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those side mirrors are crazy. This still looks like a concept.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's like BMW gave up on camouflaging such a distinguishable shape and decided to just leave the emblems on
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really, really hope this car comes out as close to possible as this design. Auto manufactures are pretty good at transitioning the design from their concepts into their production models nowadays, but rarely is something this wild made (for many obvious reasons). It'd be amazing if cars like this or the Citroen GT (or any of their recent concepts really) were driving around the streets.
      • 3 Years Ago
      From a couple of comments above, I wonder how you can find this hideous? It's a concept and a pretty hot one at that. The Nissan Cube... That's hideous.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The front looks good, the rear sides from the middle door back not so much. Almost like those absurd fiberglass alterations on the 70s and 80s vettes. And I sure was not calling the Cube (or anything else) good looking, nor making comparison of what is worse. I definitely would not pay $200k for that version of i8. But, thankfully, my bank account and income prevent that anyways. ;-) ...or is that :-( ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      $200K seems pretty steep for a car that's half a second slower to 60 than an M3, even if it does awesome fuel economy. On the other hand, compared to the 918 Spyder I guess it'd be a bargain. Front end looks great though, but the back end looks a little "saggy".
        • 3 Years Ago
        According to sources who have actually driven the car and talked with BMW (Automobile Mag), the car does 0-62 in 4.8s. According to BMW's website, the M3 6-speed does 0-60 in 4.7s.

        So, as fast as an M3 but capable of 65mpg; Can go 31 miles in EV mode; 4WD. It all sounds good to me.

        Also, they say the price will be "over $160k."
      • 3 Years Ago
      The first disapointment will be is when you start it, The four cylinder sound, then you ask yourself I could had a V-8
      • 3 Years Ago
      From mid-car forward I think it looks great, best I can tell. The back? Not a fan. Not that it matters, I could never afford this Richie Rich toy anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can they really get that into the US with the bumpers like that?
      Not that I'm in the market or anything, but that would be amazing if it can actually get to market and look like this..(I'm looking at you Volt concept!)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes its actually confusing, it doesn't seem like many aspects of the car can pass safety laws . Aside from the front, there is side impact and those concept glass doors IMO wouldn't do the trick. Unless BMW is using special materials ( explains the price tag), in that case this is evolving into an innovative approach to the supercar. +1 for BMW
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why bother with the camo on 4" wide strip panels?
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