According to Edmunds, BMW will reveal its production i8 hybrid sports car at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. The i8 is the second vehicle to come from the automaker's new "i" initiative, following the debut of the smaller i3 hatchback last month.

The BMW i8 makes its debut nearly four years after the original Vision EfficientDynamics concept bowed at the Frankfurt expo in 2009. The production car is expected to use a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheels, coupled to an electric motor that drives the front wheels. Combined output is said to be something like 393 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, based on our earlier reports. The i8 is also expected to be very light, with curb weight coming in somewhere around 3,125 pounds. Finally, the i8 is said to have a pure electric range of 20 miles, and should be able to hit 62 miles per hour in just under five seconds.

Other publications had the chance to ride along in the i8 (in prototype form) and came away impressed. We're hoping we'll feel the same when the car officially goes on sale sometime in early 2014. Stay tuned for more at the i8's official unveiling in just a few weeks.


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      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like that camouflage
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      i want it.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      'The most impressive aspect of the new car when we leave the BMW test track and head out on public roads is the smooth interplay between the three power sources, the result, Van As reveals, of countless hours spent refining the algorithms of the i8’s so-called power electronics. “It’s a crucial part of hybrid drivetrain development, and something we’ve put a great deal of effort in to perfecting to keep us in good stead for the future,” he says. “It’s part of the reason why we decided from the outset not to engage an outside partner, but to keep all electronic development in-house, and retain the intellectual property rights for ourselves.”' (linked Autocar article) This is why I do not share the views of those who heavily criticise many manufacturers for being in their view too slow to produce electric and plug in cars. Getting it right is not easy, and takes time.
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        Ak74
        • 1 Year Ago
        For you anything that BMW is ugly. Just admit that you are BMW hater and stop trolling.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        When was the last time you had your vision checked, sir?
        A_Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        Hell, I'm not even a BMW fan and I love the look of this thing.
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      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      pure electric range of 20 miles? Lol fail
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
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        Ak74
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        That's not an electric car. It's a hybrid and that motor is also used for boost of power as well as efficiency. Well it's too complicated for you.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ak74
          So it is not an electric car . . . it is a 3-cylinder gas car? LOL.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      A 3-CYLINDER $100K sports car? Something mind-blowing about that. I don't think the gear-heads are going to take a 3-cylinder car seriously.
        RocketRed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        406 lb-ft of torque. 3125lbs. You can laugh all you want at the 3-pot when it blows the doors off your two-ton SRT8-whatever.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RocketRed
          The little Chevy Spark EV has 400 lb-ft of torque too.
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RocketRed
          With the majority of that torque going to the front wheels! Fun. Not.
        waetherman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Gears? Where we're going, we don't need gears.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        They will take the 5 second 0-62mph speed seriously :) 3 cylinder motors don't actually sound too bad, they sound similar to an i6. It won't be a big adjustment for BMW fans.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          I dunno, who really cares about what Top Gear thinks? they lied about the Tesla Roadster and called it irrelevant because hydrogen was the future... lol. Top Gear is fun, but they are dinosaurs.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          How do you think the Top Gear guys are going to respond to a 3-cylinder sports car?
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Right? Fast cars have to have big motors and a lot of cylinders. A 3 cylinder sports car is just stupid! What's next, 4 banger F1 cars?! /S
          edward.stallings
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jonnybimmer
          Not a fan of 3 cylinders - rough, for one thing, but you are wrong. Fast cars have powerful motors in a light package. There were F1 cars with 4 cylinders in the turbo era when cylinder number was free. Toyota won the GTP championchip with a 4 cylinder (turbo).
        Ak74
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        I think you have no clue of what this car is.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ak74
          Hi Spec. Here in Europe there is a long history of small engined performance cars. The problem was that they did not get into the luxury bracket as they were highly strung and often loud and uncomfortable. It sounds from the test drive as though BMW have cracked that, so I think they should do pretty well. Few are going to cross shop the much more spacious Tesla S with this, so I can't really see a conflict. Travel patterns in Europe are quite a bit different to in the US, with daily commutes lower so the 20 miles EV range should be fine, but OTOH substantial numbers of long distance very high speed journeys, and even the Tesla S is not really cut out for that, whereas this is. After an hour or so cruising at 110 mph on the autobahn the S's battery would be feeling pretty low.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ak74
          One of the failings of Fisker (remember them?)... was their Karma was in PHEV no man's land too. Granted the i8 acceleration is much better.... but the price does not justify the modest 20 mile EV range at all.
      Noble-CZ4A
      • 1 Year Ago
      ~400hp @ ~ 3,200 lbs? And this thing is expected to have a 6-figure price, correct? Gas mileage better be insane to justify what I anticipate to be mediocre performance specs. I'm sure I'll get downvoted, but you could buy a kitted out C7 Z51 Corvette @ ~$70,000 with 450+hp, get ~30mpg, and spend the $30,000+ you'll likely save compared to the i8's price on the gasoline.......and not have to pay BMW maintenance costs either. Just trying to put things in perspective.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Noble-CZ4A
        You could try reading the performance specs in the linked Autocar article, but perhaps that is asking too much.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Noble-CZ4A
        It may also have escaped your notice that cars like BMW's sell for a lot more than Corvette's, electrification aside.
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Noble-CZ4A
        German car fans do not appreciate facts that show them to be overpriced. Don't even think about mentioning their maintenance costs. "I'm sure I'll get downvoted" Your accuracy is intact!
        Blackie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Noble-CZ4A
        Yes, thing thing will get its ass handed to it all day long by probably even a base model Corvette and never recoup the difference in price through fuel or any other kind of savings. Then again, who can put a price tag on the fun of that FWD torque steer!?!
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another FWD BMW?!?! Most of that 406 lb.ft are through the front wheels. Oh fun.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        'Mounted transversely behind the roomy cabin, the aluminium block unit develops an impressive 220bhp and 221lb ft of torque, all channeled to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox boasting a conventional torque converter. It’s a boisterous unit, emitting a distinctive three-cylinder hum that gets deeper and more prominent as engine speeds increase. A glance over at the highly detailed digital tachometer as Jos van As, head of chassis development for all BMW models, fires the i8 down a long straight reveals the redline is pegged at 6500rpm. But, as the i8’s plug-in hybrid billing suggests, the petrol engine is not the only form of propulsion. An electric motor, shared with the i3, sits up front in the nose, sending an additional 128bhp and 184lb ft to the front wheels. There’s also a second, much smaller electric motor mounted at the rear next to the combustion engine, producing 5bhp and 6lb ft. But while it is capable of providing drive to the rear wheels, its primary purpose is as an alternator and/or generator depending on which driving mode is chosen; Eco-pro, Comfort or Sport.' http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/first-rides-bmw-i8-hybrid-sportscar-and-all-electric-i3
        Ak74
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        Another clueless person
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        Thats better. Sounds like a very high strung engine though. I can imagine maintenance being frequent and expensive, even by BMW terms.
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          If you charge the batteries every night then the engine might only run half the time which means that scheduled maintenance like oil changes may only be required every 15-20k miles.
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          The prius can go 10k miles between oil changes, the volt can go 15k miles to two year between oil changes. The standard of 3k miles between oil changes was set when engine manufacturing technology was not as highly advanced and lower tolerances lead to more friction and wear on engine parts. Also high tech synthetic oil lasts longer.
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          @m_2012
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      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Suddenly the Model S looks even better!
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Remember, a real car will let you go more than 200 miles from home without a tow truck.
        Ak74
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
        Not the same segment to compare.
          Scooter
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ak74
          More space, more speed, more range, more green. Pretty much more everything across the board.
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      SKINNYwithNOfood
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW makes a fwd sports car, it is praised. Acura makes a hybrid NSX with SHAWD, it is ridiculed.
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        @SKINNYwithNOfood
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        Ak74
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SKINNYwithNOfood
        read the article
      Bradford
      • 1 Year Ago
      that cover photo looks like a late model 300zx
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