Judging by the recent spate of i8 spy shots, BMW is cranking away on the plug-in supercar to make sure its primped and ready for its on-sale date in 2014.

However, one thing appears to be missing: the glass panel that extends down past the coupe's belt line. That same design element – which BMW billed as feature for urban driving – probably won't make it to the i8's little EV brother, the i3, either.

But one element that appears to be making the leap from concept to production is the i8's butterfly doors. We've seen them on both the original concept and the follow-up from last year, not to mention its cameo in the last Mission Impossible installment. Now we have photographic proof that the i8's doors will flip up and out, similar to the Ferrari Enzo and past McLarens (both the F1 and SLR). And since the doors appear to open just passed the roof, BMW won't have to resort to the same explosive charges Mercedes-Benz has to employ on the SLS AMG.



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      ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me or someone else thinks BMW should build a V8 or V12 power supercar with proper 6MT instead?
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW decided to skip the lower door glass when TMZ called them offering ten million dollars if they put it into production....
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a fan of the styling, but at least with this and the Fisker Karma we're finally getting some cars that look like they're from the 21st century
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        +1 We need some radically new designs. Automotive styling has gotten stale.
      manueltransmission
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear BMW, your camouflage just made me have a seizure. Thank you for that.
        The Truth
        • 2 Years Ago
        @manueltransmission
        Good, that is confirmation the camo is working..
      Moosetang
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm still rating that as having about a 75% chance of being fantastically ugly.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      John Hughan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Also, I'm not sure it's valid to assume this car won't need explosive bolts -- sure, these doors could open somewhat if the car was flipped over, but probably not enough to let some, uh, "portlier" people out. I can see the lawsuit now: "BMW doesn't care if fat people get killed in their cars."
      • 2 Years Ago
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      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Such a laugh they showed those glass door panels for soo long.....AS IF!
      Dan Mendes
      • 2 Years Ago
      I attended the press event when they introduced these to US journalists in NYC and got a chance to speak to some of the designers and people heading the project. The glass doors definitely aren't making it because of safety and cost. But they all seemed pretty excited about how this car will actually perform
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Door opens like a paper cut....... BD
      - v o c t u s -
      • 2 Years Ago
      they really snow-test everything don't they. yeah, in a couple years it's gonna be snowing in Tahoe and some guy's gonna need to go out and get wood or something, he's gonna say "hey hon, where are the keys to the Range Rover so I can move it and take my my mid-engined exotic hybrid sports car out?" yeeesh
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