If you went to the movies over the holiday, chances are pretty good you saw the latest box-office-topping Tom Cruise vehicle. We're not talking about the globetrotting explosion-fest it came wrapped up in, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol; we're speaking of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car that featured heavily in the movie (along with seemingly every other model in Munich's arsenal).

But the Vision EfficientDynamics coupe isn't just a flight of fancy for the world's auto show circuit or for Cruise's Ethan Hunt character – it's set for production sooner than you think, albeit carrying the i8 moniker. Snapped undergoing testing through a fence, the extended-range plug-in supercar looks ready for the street, if only we could peel away the Van Gogh camouflage. This BMW 2+2 is widely expected to deliver a 0-62 mph time of 4.8 seconds, and we're expecting the lightweight flyer to lose the unique lower glass door panels of the 2009 show car (a design change hinted at by this prototype's swirly coverup).

Speaking of the doors, they also look to be more conventional in size and possibly operation – the concept car featured elongated butterfly doors that afforded accesses to both the front and rear seats. The prototype seen here would appear to have more conventionally sized apertures. We're guessing that mundane real-world considerations like crash-worthiness and ease of operation had something to do with the transition. Another likely concession to the realities of production auto-making appear to be a pair of rather ungainly bumper-level nacelles in the rear fascia that weren't present on the show car. We're not sure if these are merely reflectors, actual taillights or if they're simply clever camouflage, but we're hoping for the latter.

While the concept was powered by both an electric drivetrain and a small diesel generator, our spies suggest that the production car may switch over to a more conventional turbocharged four-cylinder range-extender. Whether it burns gas or oil, however, the i8 is sure to be one of the most radical cars on the road... and it's likely to carry an exotic price tag to match.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are those Mercedes wheels? Anyways, the front end is ok, but working my way to the rear... wtf happened there? I certainly hope those are temp. taillights, but even then, looks like a mess of bumps and lines. Hopefully the production version will have a more collective and cleaner design. I know the glass doors would never have worked for a production car, but I miss them.
      over9000
      • 3 Years Ago
      the taillights look like nipples
      BRKF06
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a 90s Firebird.
        1STH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BRKF06
        LOL! i 100% agree. looks like crap.
        Dan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BRKF06
        That's exactly what I was thinking when I saw it! For a minute there I thought maybe GM was bringing back Pontiac!
      fordawie2211
      • 3 Years Ago
      it looks like Nissan 300ZX
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only one seeing 4th gen Camaro in the front? Just something about the windshield/front end.
      11fiveoh
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what the new 6 series should've looked like
      Speed3cam
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like the bastard offspring of a 300zx and RamAir Firebird. Gross. Give me the glass-doors back
      CruzControl
      • 3 Years Ago
      The I8 was the only reason why I saw mission impossible 4. It was soooo sexy.
      Christopher
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow they ruined that car. The concept looked so cool, but this with its non- glass windows and nipple tail lights just look horrible.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      2+2, 4.8 0-60, small diesel/4 cylinder hybrid =/ supercar You guys are getting completely reckless with the use of that term. Also, while I admittedly think this car is kind of cool, I fail to see how BMW can supposedly make a case for this car's production, but not for an M1 successor. Ultimate driving machines huh?? BMW- boring motor works
      jinsei888
      • 3 Years Ago
      Game changer.
      Jorge Duran
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'd be nice if this beast starts under $100K.
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