The new BMW i8 plug-in electric supercar isn't set to make its official debut until September 10, when it will glide onto the Frankfurt Motor Show stage amidst a sea of flash photography. Of course, that isn't so true in today's world, where debuts are always preceded (often carefully) by "leaks."

Take this trio of images of the BMW i8 – there's just enough of the exterior on display in the profile shot to draw attention, without showing important styling points that might be present on the front or back of the car. The same goes for the video attached below. The cabin shot is cool, but isn't particularly earth-shattering when it comes to BMW interiors. As for the skeletal shot, we can see the 1.5-liter, turbocharged engine positioned between the rear axles, the battery pack found in what would be the transmission tunnel and the front-mounted electric motors.

We'll have a full set of live images when the BMW i8 makes its debut in Frankfurt next week. Until then, have a look in the gallery and at the video below, and let us know what you think of BMW's next big thing.


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      HollywoodF1
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's the BMW that John DeLorean would have built.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      A great looking, but relatively expensive car with interesting technology. The BMW is a welcome addition for those who appreciate the proliferation of EV technology in exotic vehicles. The i8 will have a limited market for a limited production run of affluent buyers who will make the i8 a profitable model for BMW. For those who regard any other vehicle as an offense against Tesla, this is not a car for you. For those who are not in the market for a Tesla, and can ignore the outrage of Tesla fans (most of whom don't own a Tesla) and seek a head turning vehicle with GT capability and EV technology, this could be a pretty good buy. More and more exotic GT's are becoming equipped with Hybrid, PIEV, or EREV technology, anhd this can only be a good thing !
      Narom
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if i can get that as a company car...
      SKO722
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anybody else find it a bit weird that the i8 has received relatively little attention? It goes without saying that the i8 is a tech showcase (most of which will be found in upcoming BMWs), however, it makes me wonder, if this would have been the case had BMW launched an actual M1 successor. Its nice to see a new design language for BMW interiors though.
        Kevin Pazirandeh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SKO722
        I think the reason it has received little attention is it has arrived about 5+ years too late. Today I can buy a 300 mi range luxury electric sedan that is more practical, most likely faster, and greener. Why should anyone care about this car? If you insist that hybrids are still relevant, much more interesting examples have come in the form of the 918, the P1 and the LF. Obviously those will be more expensive, but when it comes to tech showcases, who cares? P.S. It looks like a bad night club.
          Arch
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kevin Pazirandeh
          Thanks for ruining it for me. Great comments, cannot argue with them.
          Kevin Pazirandeh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Kevin Pazirandeh
          @ActionableMango all of your points and concerns are valid, (though Tesla has already begun international deliveries and Supercharger installations), but I fear the context in which you make them is deeply flawed. This car will sell less than a 1000 units a year IF that. It will be extremely expensive (for what it does). It's a halo car for their 'i' brand. And will be purchased by people as a 3rd or 4th car. This isn't "another option", it's a 2-door pin-up, and one that I don't think boys & girls will want to put on their walls.
      AddLightness
      • 1 Year Ago
      That\'s a nice looking runner-up
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      cool car... but it doesn't move me like it should
      Zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel like I've seen this before.
      Agilis
      • 1 Year Ago
      No thanks.
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      i thought angels had 4 eyes ?.........dont like the single LED stripe running around the light cluster........to audish and doesnt deliver the BMW dna like angel eyes do........
      Anthony
      • 1 Year Ago
      would rather have a new 850i. but nice car though.
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        RoyEMunson
        • 1 Year Ago
        Ugly... you're kidding, right? For 150k its certainly not going to look like a Camry.
          NamorF-Pro
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          Camry looks better
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RoyEMunson
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          RoyEMunson
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          "A camry is a thing of beauty next to this POS." This basically invalidates your first statement. Thanks for going to the trouble so I didn't have to.
      ffelix422
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am a BMW owner twice over, (currently E39 M5) and really love the cars, but- this is by far the dumbest thing they have ever done. A coupe @ $100K+ and 400HP, what's this cars angle? It will compete with the M2, M3, M4 and M6. It's hybrid tech doesn't justify it's price. Not when a Subbie STI will run it down.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ffelix422
        Obviously, it was not meant for people like you, but assuredly, it has its audience.
        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ffelix422
        That's my argument, too. All that developmental work only to produce a car that's not very fast and not very efficient (especially with Tesla around). It looks cool... but that's about the only reason to get it.
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