Best pictures yet of BMW i8 supercar

30 Dec, 2012 11:00am Jimi Beckwith

The BMW i8 will retain its concept car looks for the production model

The innovative BMW i8 supercar is shaping up, and it is clear to see from our spy pictures that it will be every bit as exciting as the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009.

Despite being clad in blue and white camouflage, you can easily see the i8’s slippery shape. The design of the i8 has been toned down from the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, but it still retains an aggressively styled nose and low-slung silhouette.

The rear lights on this i8 test mule are camouflaged and temporary dummy lights are in use for now, but are expected to be incorporated into the futuristically-designed haunches between the slope of the roof and rear wheelarches.

Inside, the i8 sports a 2+2 seating arrangement, and a four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine and electric hybrid drivetrain. The car was originally planned to use a diesel-electric powertrain for even better efficiency, but a petrol unit will make production.

Performance will be impressive, with a 0-62mph sprint time of just 4.8 seconds possible, thanks to the car’s lightweight construction. That will also boost efficiency, which should see a claimed average of around 100mpg.

The plug-in hybrid is set to be the flagship of BMW’s eco ‘i’ sub-brand, and is expected to cost around £120,000 when it arrives in early 2014. The i8 will sit at the top of the new ‘i’ line-up, which is expected to include the i3 four-door and two door Coupe models, and a larger i5 due in 2016. An i8 Spyder is expected later in 2014.

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Stunning? Yes. Purposeful? Yes. Futuristic? Yes. Premium badge? Yes. Will save the planet? Yes. Affordable? You've got to be kidding.

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