• Mar 13, 2011
BMW i8 video - Click above to watch video after the jump

A few videos of the new BMW i8 undergoing winter testing have managed to make their way to the web courtesy of YouTube. The clips surfaced after our spy photographers managed to lay eyes on the green supercar frolicking through the snow. The clips give us a good idea of what the i8 will look like in motion. We're still not completely smitten with the roof-mounted sideview mirrors, and watching the i8 drive around on the ice and snow hasn't done anything to sway our opinion. We can't help but think that the pieces look like hippopotamus ears.

It's impossible to tell whether the mule we see dashing through the snow is equipped with the same small-displacement diesel engine of the concept or whether this machine wears the turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that's rumored to debut with the production version. Either way, the clips are worth a look. Hit the jump to see BMW's next flagship in action for yourself.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I still don't believe this is nearly production-ready... I feel like BMW is just yanking our chain; it's too drastic looking and prototype-y
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not sure why a performance hybrid would not have a turbo-diesel. Surely having an efficient, yet narrow power band would not be a problem for the purpose of driving motors.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Guess this car must have been built around its occupants. After seeing the poor fella scramble out with his back to front, all bent and twisted, I can hardly imagine how he can get back inside without tearing that door off.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Level let me get this straight. How do I do this trolling thing?

      Call the car a Chinese go-cart or something and then wait for someone to reply to my comment so I can call them a fanboy? Sounds fun.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You put the nail straight to where it belongs mister ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      From an outward design point i think its the coolest among the hybrid-type vehicles being produced - very unique. Hope this thing will be successful; no offense to Prius buyers but this thing is way cooler looking than that rolling appliance...
        • 3 Years Ago
        "no offense to Prius buyers but this thing is way cooler looking than that rolling appliance..."

        ...And way more expensive, if it makes it to the assembly line. Even for an appliance, the Prius certainly does leave a lot to desire in terms of its styling, so I will definitely agree with you on that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love that they keep filming the engineer at the end of the second video, even after they realize that he's taking a leak.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I may get down voted for this, but I really do not understand the point of a "green supercar". I care about efficiency in a daily driver, not the 200k sports car I take out on weekends occasionally.

      Who knows, this may catch on some day, but for the foreseeable future, I don't see people who can afford such a car being too concerned with that kind of "green" when looking to purchase a supercar.

      Maybe George Soros, Al Gore, and George Clooney will be on the waiting list?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Obviously doesn't include integrated bladder control....
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a matter of opinion whether the design appeals to you, which does not have anything to do with whether something is actually a good design. Example - I like the 4th gen f-body, I won't argue that it's a good design though. Similarly, this thing is not a good design, regardless of whether you like it.

      And yes, all brands need to be conscious of future technology, but BMW has more near-term brand issues that need to be addressed before they sink tens of millions into a halo green performance-ish project in order to launch a sub brand that further dilutes their main brand. That's why this is more marketing and greenwashing than an actual product that core customers can get behind.

      I'm sorry if I would rather BMW take their carbon chassis and lightweight features and apply it to an actual driver's car again.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "I'm sorry if I would rather BMW take their carbon chassis and lightweight features and apply it to an actual driver's car again."

        No need to be sorry. BMW, like everyone else in the auto industry, has fallen into the "bigger is always better" mentality. It's as clear as the light of day as all of their models have become comparatively fat and bloated like everyone else's. It's no wonder the E30s are still so popular among enthusiasts.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great looking car. I like it's cute ears but to reduce drag they should replace the ears with video monitors. If anything, they should do it because I guarantee the ears on this car will be kicked off by drunk vandals that often frequent high bars and clubs which this car will find itself in.

      Anyways, for 150k, car it certainly looks the part but I would want more horse power.

      Just my opinion.

        • 3 Years Ago
        Sigh. The car won't find itself in a bar, although if it did, I would try and pick it up. I mean it will find itself near such bars. Now I need to stop posting from my iPhone.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car looks too futuristic! this is is one of those concept cars that should never be put into production coz that body styling just isn't very appealing. it's way too overdone!
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