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BMW i8 production version rendered

 BMW i8 production version rendered
BMW i8 production version artist rendering

While we eagerly await the first official pictures of the production ready BMW i8, we can show a few nicely completely renderings that speculate the design. There is no denying the appeal of the images, however, the official design will likely be toned down by the manufacturer.

According to our previous reports, the BMW i8 will make use of a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine unit and an electric motor. The combined maximum power output will be 393 hp ( 293 kW / 399 PS ) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque which will be passed to the wheels via a specially designed four-speed transmission system.

European customers should expect to part with at least €100,000 to purchase the plug-in hybrid sports car with BMW planning to shift 10,000 units per year.

 

Source: behance.net via bmwblog

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AlikMalix
Just wait until everyone one copies this trend so they too can have that special "Tumbler Batmobile" in their lineup, with all the deep creases and tron like lights. This car belongs in futuristic movies not on our roads -- AWESOME. Many kudos to BMW for having the balls.
Apr 16, 2012 11:50 pm
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pb12345
not the best car, design, performance. but will definitely get everyone's attention. awesome
Apr 16, 2012 10:28 pm
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tazcubed
Too bad they didn't take this design to the rest of the line up. God knows looking at the bland 5/6 series, the downright ugly 1 and X1, 5GT, and X6 something has to change.
Apr 16, 2012 6:15 pm
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AlikMalix
"...bland 5/6 series"? I'm gonna respect your opinion, but disagree. The F10 was voted been the best looking sedan (not to mention engineering aspect as well) in the world. The 6 series was designed with class in mind, not EVO and STi Fans in mind. and everyone knows that BMW's are awesome throughout their lineup -- so they had to dull down the 1 series just to sell their higher class cars because 1 series are just as great to drive. The 5GT was an experiment that didn't work (but BMW can afford that). The X6 is absolute genus of a design as Honda, and Toyota decided to copy the idea. Porsche Cayenne should of made their first SUV to look like the X6. If that's not the kind of innovation you're looking for in a car maker, they stick to TOYOTA and HONDA -- they never change their style.
Apr 16, 2012 11:45 pm
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tazcubed
Alik, I liked the fact that previously BMW varied the style - whether for the better or worse - across the line. Now, for the most part, all the cars look alike: the 3 looks like the 5 looks like the 7 - even the Z4 could have looked better with the latest design. They've taken the safe route out with the latest gen - it's pleasing enough if you like generic, but certainly there's nothing really all that unique. BMW has had the ability to design vehicles with some daring elements to separate it from the crowd (without Evo/STi stylings), but this time it seems like it's biggest focus is to increase sales. Perhaps you are right in regards to the X6 - it's something that Porsche could have taken up, but I'm lost on the whole SUV/sports car theme - in my opinion the money would have been better spent elsewhere in the line up - preferably in more testing. I understand that BMW continues to look for a larger market share, but wish it had decided to avoid this continuing dilution of the brand and it's core values.
Apr 17, 2012 7:29 am
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eddie
The car is going to be really light vs other cars for the size, so 400 horsepower should be amazing.
Apr 16, 2012 1:32 pm
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eddie
Great job BMW. Class leading new tech both with batteries and carbon fiber. Of course it will handle like only a BMW can do it.
Apr 16, 2012 1:30 pm
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Ratt
I still don't like the whole idea about this car, but production version might be good.
Apr 16, 2012 11:55 am
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moodyaaa
Still Very nice
Apr 16, 2012 11:40 am
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dmanero
We wish the production version will look like that, but I doubt it.
Apr 16, 2012 11:29 am
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bmwfordrivetrain_porscheforchassis_rangeroverforinteriors
Way to go bmw. This fits in a niche that hasnt yet been explored, and i think it has great potential. Even though it will be slower than its rivals, it is still a ok amount of fast, as fast as a bentley probably, amd it looks great. Still think they should also make an m1 based on this
Apr 16, 2012 11:06 am
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