First Images of Production-Spec BMW i8 Emerge


Will BMW's highly anticipated i8 meet expectations? We'll soon find out.

With the doors opening to this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show only a few days away, details and images of some of the most highly anticipated cars are beginning to creep in. One of those cars is the BMW i8, a car we all know so much about in terms of both technology and styling. While there have been plenty of spy shots over its development period, today a couple of images have surfaced showing the final production-spec version. And low and behold, it hardly looks any different from what we figured it’d look like.

The biggest exception? The wheels. These two images, one exterior side view and an interior shot are all we’ve got for now, but we suspect BMW will release a plethora of photos and full specs at any time.

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Unlike the already revealed i3, the i8 isn’t a pure EV. The rear wheels will be powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that’ll produce 215 horsepower. The front wheels, on the other hand, will get power from a 128 hp electric motor. All told, the i8 will have a combined 348 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Output and technology sound mighty impressive, but we’ll just have to wait a few more days to get the fully skinny.