Look What Liberty Walk Did To The BMW i8

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This is going to be controversial.

After being in production for six years, the revolutionary BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car was discontinued last year as the Bavarian automaker shifts its focus to fully electric models like the i4. Just over 20,000 units were built between 2014 and 2020, but this one stands out from all the rest.

To create their dream i8, one owner tasked the Liberty Walk's European division to modify the hybrid sports car. Liberty Walk's aftermarket creations are usually controversial, and this custom i8, the second one modified by Liberty Walk in Europe, is no exception.

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Liberty Walk
Liberty Walk

It started life as a stock BMW i8 finished in Sophisto Grey, but Liberty Walk repainted it in a more eye-catching Twilight Purple finish with contrasting gold accents on the kidney grille and side skirts. But the modifications don't end there. In addition, the i8 can be lowered closer to the ground at the push of a button using its air suspension or can be lifted to handle obstacles such as speed bumps and driveways.

Elsewhere, the i8 features Liberty Walk's signature bolt-on fender flares with exposed rivets that give the i8 a wider, more aggressive stance. A video shows the bodywork being butchered and cut up, and it's painful to watch if you're a fan of the i8.

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Liberty Walk

At the front, there is also a prominent chin spoiler, while the back features a ducktail spoiler. Rounding off the exterior upgrades is a set of forged Vossen wheels with a two-tone silver and gold finish. The garish modifications give the i8 a dose of attitude but are an acquired taste. Liberty Walk hasn't said if any modifications were made to the powertrain, but the tuner normally specializes in cosmetic upgrades, so this seems unlikely.

As standard, the BMW i8 was powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and an electric motor producing a combined 369 horsepower and 420 lb-ft, with power sent to all four wheels. It's not known how much the owner paid to have the i8 extensively modified by Liberty Walk, but the final 2020 model retailed for $147,500 in the US.

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Liberty Walk

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