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2014 BMW i8 first official photos emerge

 2014 BMW i8 first official photos emerge
2014 BMW i8 production version leaked photo 03.09.2013 / autowp.ru

Debuts next Tuesday

These are the first two official photos of the production-ready 2014 BMW i8 which will be publicly unveiled on September 10 at IAA in Frankfurt.

It was only yesterday when BMW released a teaser clip with the plug-in hybrid i8 and now the cat is pretty much out of the bag as the first two official pics depicting the car have surfaced the web. Showing several similarities with the concept unveiled two years ago, the production model loses the see-through doors and gets more down-to-earth alloy wheels.

Open the scissor doors and you will notice right away the interior doesn't stray away too much from current BMWs but there are digital instrument clusters and a blue circle around the logo on the steering wheel.

BMW has already announced the i8 will come with a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine delivering 231 HP (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque transferred to the rear axle. An electric motor outputting 131 HP (96 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) will drive the front wheels and enable the i8 to have a combined output of 362 HP (266 kW) and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm).

Tipping the scales at less than 1,490 kg (3,285 lbs), the 2014 BMW i8 production version will need about 4.5 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h) and will reach an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). It will have an average fuel consumption of 2.5 liters / 100 km (94 mpg US or 113 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions standing at 59 g/km. On electric power it can reach a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h) and should have enough juice for a range of 22 miles (35 km).

Source: autowp.ru

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Comments (44)

 ScottCampbell ScottCampbell
Electrification is the new Nirvana. Europe has even higher CO2 and mileage requirements than the USA. BMW has always been the leader in tech and everyone else will follow. With the i series and now Tesla EV's will continue especially as the electric infrastructure is already in place, just add a plug. The car looks great and the price will come done in the less exclusive cars so the masses will benefit from the initial wealthy purchases. I have owned many exotics in the past but I am really enjoying this new direction of tech with less impact on the environment especially as the population will be doubling again soon.
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September 4, 2013 3:36 pm
 loco667 loco667
They still don't get it. Electric cars should look the same as internal combustion cars. Instead they make some SCI-FI design. Who wants to be seen in that? Tesla must be very happy with this premiere.
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September 4, 2013 8:12 am
 docstef75 docstef75
wow, i was afraid the production version would have lost the concept design...but no! This car is stunning and amazing.
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September 4, 2013 8:05 am
 NYyanks NYyanks
Interesting how it stays very much true to it's concept
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September 4, 2013 1:05 am
 liquid stereo liquid stereo
Looks like a joke. After reading the review of the BMW i3 I'm convinced BMW just wasted 2B euros...
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September 3, 2013 12:08 pm
 sm106 sm106
Looks nice i think, very concept like. If you guys don´t see the point of this hybrid sports car, move on! Stop complaining! that is not one more car like the others... If you want a 6 cyl look in the rest of the bmw range...
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September 3, 2013 11:07 am
 bavorak bavorak
Still can't believe it would actually look this awesome and surprisingly close to the first concept. Good work BMW - looking forward to see it :)
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September 3, 2013 7:29 am
 CDspeed CDspeed
It looks incredible, I'm glad they kept the McLaren style doors.
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September 3, 2013 6:36 am
 hajime1990 hajime1990
anything would look nice compared with the rubbish from bangle ages
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September 3, 2013 6:32 am
 MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
price?
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September 3, 2013 6:05 am
 Han Solo Han Solo
This is just not right...Why: 1. The Design sucks... where's the BMW DNA...the Rear End Sucks...the car has lost it's Soul 2. A true BMW is supposed to have a proper Front Longitudinal Engine RWD Layout...even if it is just a 3 Cylinder Hybrid or a Range Extender...make it Longitudinal...Symmetry is Synonymous with BMW...without it...there is NO BMW... 3. A Transverse Layout Engine on a BMW is like a Corvette with an In-Line 4 Potter instead of a V8, it's like a Jedi with a Laser Gun instead of a Light Saber... it's just NOT RIGHT...NO...Wake Up BMW...
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September 3, 2013 5:41 am
 hitar_potar hitar_potar
Why put a heavy 6-cyl engine inside it, when there are such great opportunities for a twin-turbo 4-cyl one? And keep the hybrid tech while boosting the total output signifficantly. :)
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September 3, 2013 5:32 am
 swifthead swifthead
without electric motor and all the electricity and batteries the car would weight less, they could throw in a turbo inline 6 with hi-power and they have an effective sports car, who care how low fuel consumption is here, the car would cost a north of 100K € and they want to save on fuel.....:P
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September 3, 2013 5:00 am
 rednox rednox
bmw must grow some balls, i8 + v8 = supercar!
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September 3, 2013 4:53 am
 pzxpjy pzxpjy
IMO the i3 is too radical on styling, but the i8 looks more conventional and classical, from both inside and outside. I prefer the i8 styling anyway.
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September 3, 2013 4:27 am
 swifthead swifthead
if they could do without 3-cylinder and put an proper inline-6, ohhhh, this 3-cylinder is blasphemy!
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September 3, 2013 4:24 am
 Aesthetics Aesthetics
interior reminiscent of zaha hadid's architecture design
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September 3, 2013 4:13 am
 desf desf
It just begs to throw this 3 cylinder hybrid nonsense away and be done with proper I6 or V8 engine.
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September 3, 2013 2:48 am
 alihijazi alihijazi
Why not fit it with conventional internal combustion engine! electric motors suck combustion engines rock
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September 3, 2013 2:46 am