• Apr 17, 2012
Judging from the spy photos we've seen recently, the BMW i8 is coming along nicely. With its more realistic bodywork, the hybrid supercar is beginning to look like something that actually belongs on public streets. Now Sonny Lim, former senior designer for BMW DesignWorks, has taken a stab at what the finished product may look like via a handful of renderings.

With it's shorter wheelbase and clipped length compared to the concept, the production vehicle is rumored to tip the scales at around 3,187 pounds, or just under the concept's original weight goal. Much of that weight savings is thanks to the substantial use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic in the vehicle's chassis.

With the combination of an electric motor and a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, the i8 will reportedly offer buyers just under 400 horsepower and three driving modes. The driver will be able to pick between pure-electric, gasoline or a medley of both. All told, the i8 should deliver a 0-60 mph run of under 4.9 seconds with the help of both power sources.


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      Lada F1 team
      • 2 Years Ago
      As an ardent BMW loyalist, I'm just not excited about this...
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs 32"s. Kidding of course.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really didn't care about this car through concept, but the close it gets to reality, it's getting better.
      1STH
      • 2 Years Ago
      This really is quite ugly. It's a shame that Audi can design a car as good looking as the R8 nearly 10 years ago, and yet BMW is still struggling to design anything worthwhile as a response.
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      1. It's no faster than a 335i 2. It should get about 30 miles electric. Ok...... 3. It doesn't look like $100k. More like $50k. What's the point of this again? BD
        Ak74
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        Based on rendering ? Chill. Just wait till production model comes out.
        zamafir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        to help validate other cars that follow that formula like the stretched seven... erm... 6 series sedan? for every knock out of the park (z4, new 328i, etc) BMW brings another head scratcher (this, 5 series GT, x6 hybrid). They're probably the least consistent car maker right now
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BlackDynamiteOn
        $50k? You really think this looks comparable to an optioned up 3-series or a base-model 5-series? You need your eyes checked.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Choppy - it's got no flo
      Al Terego
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's official, BMW tried too hard on this one. I like their simplistic design but this is way over the top.
      MoralThinker
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is one, BUTT UGLY car..........!
      Rikell Quintero
      • 2 Years Ago
      IMO looks like an NSX copycat.LOL
      88
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugliest car ever!!!!
      AP1_S2K
      • 2 Years Ago
      if it is, I really do appreciate the risk the designers have made. It's definitely a huge leap. (good for BMW even if you don't like the design, at least they have balls).
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like it.
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