BMW i8 Concept

There has been much speculation about the potential release of a production version of the i8 that was teased back in February. This time we are being nice and not just teasing you, BMW is releasing this hybrid semi-supercar in 2014.

This release is coming on the heels of Ferrari announcing that it will officially debut its V-12 hybrid Enzo next year, which will bear a similar, though significantly larger, gasoline engine-electric motor setup as the i8 will. It seems with all of these sporty and relatively fast super-Eco cars coming out of the wood work even the big boys are taking a turn toward the green market.

With this sudden push to the green, it may be just a matter of time until the entire supercar realm is dominated by super-electrics, and these hybrids are certainly a push in the right direction. Plus, as automakers start seeing these hybrid and electric supercars, they might decide that their own high performance vehicles, like the Camaro , Mustang and Corvette , can bear electric or hybrid drivetrains and still deliver the performance their customers require.

Hit the jump for more information on the BMW i8.

Source: Car Magazine

BMW has unveiled a new video of their recently announced i line-up. The stars of the video are of course the BMW i3 and BMW i8 concepts. Of course this is just another prove on how cool the two concept look like.

Both concept will be followed by a production version pretty soon: the i3 is expected to arrive in 2013, shortly after the i8 supercar. They will be the first BMW models to feature extensive use of lightweight materials like carbon fiber.

"BMW i stands for visionary vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. With BMW i BMW i the BMW Group is adopting an all-embracing approach, redefining the understanding of personal mobility with purpose-built vehicle concepts, a focus on sustainability throughout the value chain and a range of complementary mobility services."

BMW i8

Although its been just a few days since we last brought you a series of BMW i8 spy shots, today is time to see the car in action one more time. The good news is that this time the i8 is showing its gullwing doors, a confirmation that they will find their way into the production version of the supercar.

And, as you most likely know the production version i8 will stay faithful to the concept ’s design, with some minor changes so that it can actually go out on the street. Up front you will see elements from the BMW ’s latest design language started by the new 3-Series , while both the headlights and the rear lights will have a different design compared to the concept.

As for the engine, the i8 will combine a 1.5 liter inline 3 engine with two electric motors. Final output will be somewhere in the 400 HP, while the autonomy will be in the 249 miles area.

BMW i8

A few days ago, our spy photographers were able to catch the future BMW i3 during its winter testing in Northern Sweden and now the small electric car has been shelved to give the i8 a chance to do the same. It’s still wearing the same amount of camouflage the i3 was sporting, but a few features peeked through for our viewing pleasure.

The production BMW i8 will generally stay faithful to the concept ’s design, but there are a few changes. The biggest change seems to be the doors and the design of the rear lights. The new design is still unknown, but something is definitely up because the rear lights are completely covered in camouflage. The front end has also been slightly modified, designed in the spirit of BMW’s latest design language started by the new 3-Series .

For the i8’s production version, BMW will combine a 1.5 liter inline 3 engine with two electric motors. Each of the electric motors will push out 95 HP and, when combined with the engine, will leave the final output somewhere in the 400 HP area. It has been rumored that the vehicle’s autonomy will be in the 400km/249 miles area, while fuel economy has been announced at 58 MPG.

BMW i3

Since half of Europe is facing some extreme winter conditions, it’s the perfect opportunity for automakers to get some extreme testing out of the way for a lot of their models. BMW was on deck today with its i3 electric hatchback and some snowy conditions somewhere in Northern Sweden.

The i3 prototype was still heavily camouflaged, but with all of the details already released by BMW , it wasn’t too much of a bother. We already know that the i3 will be powered by a 170 HP electric engine that will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in under 8 seconds and up to a top speed of 93 mph. Previous details suggest that the car will be built on a new LifeDrive architecture that will help reduce the car’s weight by 250 to 300 kilos. The coolest part about this little hatchback is that it will sporting suicide doors. That in it and of itself is enough to warrant at least a test drive when the new BMW i3 goes on sale in 2013. Projected price will be about $50,000 (European price). The company plans to build about 30,000 units.

We all knew that BMW ’s future i line-up would include the i3 hatchback and the i8 supercar - both electric vehicles - but new spy shots have revealed that the company is also testing a prototype for an i sedan. This newest i model will be launched after the i3 and the i8, so don’t expect to see it on the market until early 2014.

We think the mysterious i sedan will also be an electric model because, well, the other two are, but also because it looks like there are wheel hub motors, electric motors, powering the front wheels. There is also the fact that the both the fenders in the front and back don’t exactly fit and the vehicle is sporting some really narrow tires. All of these quirks lead us to believe that BMW is working on a bigger sedan within the i-family. No other details have been provided, but expect to see an electric engine delivering a little bit more power than in the i3 (rumored to have a 170 HP electric engine).

Guess Tesla and Fisker just got themselves a real competitor.

UPDATE 01/26/2012: According to reports from AutoBild, BMW is developing the i5 midsized MPV as a model that bridges the gap between the compact i3 and the high-end sports car that is the i8.

Details behind the i5 have yet to be revealed, but as a mid-sized MPV, we’re making guess-timates that it’s going to feature a high roof, sliding rear seats, and maybe even a large cargo space. It could also carry an electric motor similar to the i3 while featuring a similar futuristic design language that plays right into the elements of both the i3 and the i8.

The BMW i5 is expected to be introduced in the coming years, possibly as soon as 2015. We don’t know if that’s soon enough for us, but we’re definitely interested to see how the third member of BMW’s "i" family looks and what kind of powertrain it carries.

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There are so many auto shows throughout the course of the year that it’s hard to keep up with all of the cool concepts brought to each one. Then again, some of these concepts are so outlandish that they will never see the light of production day anyway, leaving us with the feeling of being offered a delectable chocolate cake only to be reminded of our New Year’s weight loss resolution.

Even if production chances are slim for some, concepts hold a special place in all of our hearts because of the attention to detail automakers put into them. Automakers use these concepts to put out just how much they are capable of doing and quite possibly may do on their future models.

From three different, color coordinated layers of information to V12 engines with spectacular power outputs, concepts have a way of getting underneath our skin and staying there until the production model is attained. This year, our choices are unmistakable and in no particular order: the Jaguar C-X16 Concept , the BMW i8 Concept , the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept , the Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept , and the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept .

Hit the jump for details on each of these imaginative concepts.

BMW i3

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to grab any photos of the new BMW i3 , but after months and months of waiting, our spy photographers have been able to snag a few pictures of BMW’s newest i3 prototype. This newest prototype was recently spotted on the back of a truck in the south of Germany, revealing more details on the development of the future electric car.

This i3 prototype has its headlights in the correct position and reveals that the placement and angle of the roof line and C-Pillar mirror that of the i3 concept . Another interesting observation can be made of the electric car’s doors. The doors, like the doors of the Mini Clubman , are suicide doors, meaning that the front door needs to be opened in order to let the back seat passenger out.

The 2013 BMW i3 will be powered by a powerful 170 HP electric motor that will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in under 8 seconds and up to a top speed of 93 mph. The car will have an autonomy between 80 and 100 miles in mixed driving, making it the perfect vehicle for those everyday short trips.

In the past few years everyone’s focus has been on improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. In fact, new regulations are popping up all over the world pushing every auto maker to think of new environmental solutions and BMW is among the first to announce an impressive solution for the future. Their new "i" brand " is about the development of visionary vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design, and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability."

The first concept announced in the new i line-up is the i8 - a preview version of the production model set to follow in 2013. The BMW i8 Concept is a sports car that features intelligent and innovative technology. It is based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car and features a unique plug-in hybrid solution that combines a combustion engine and an electric drive system to create an extraordinary driving experience complemented by extremely low fuel consumption and emissions.

UPDATE 09/16/2011: During its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show BMW officials have confirmed that a production version of the i8 will arrive in 2014. That was the good news. The bad news is that despite the fact that the production version will keep most of the concept’s powertrain features, the exterior and interior will be heavily modified. (AutoGuide)

UPDATE 12/23/2011: The new BMW i8 Concept has been the star in the latest Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol movie. Today we have added new images from the red carpet of the film’s U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the BMW i8 Concept.

BMW recently unveiled the i3 and i8 concept cars, which piloted the beginning of the company’s new greener and more sustainable i brand. We highly doubt that BMW would be putting all of its energy (no pun intended) into just two electric vehicles, so when we caught wind of some rumored future BMW i models, we started to pay attention. According to BMW insider Scott27, the company is already preparing two new vehicles - the i4 and i5 - which should debut sometime towards the end of the decade.

The BMW i4 will be a sportier version of the i3, translating into a 2-seats mini-sports car. It will feature a plug-in electric or range-extended electric drivetrain. The BMW i5, on the other hand, will be a mid-sized four-door sedan with coupe-like design cues. It will feature sleek aerodynamics and rear hinged doors, while being powered by the same powertrain found in the i8. Both models will use the same cutting-edge CFRP technology as the other two BMW i models.

These may only be rumors right now, but it would be hard to believe that BMW would not want to capitalize on being the first brand to have a full lineup of electric vehicles. The future is green, folks, and BMW i BMW i s already ramping up their marketing efforts for their new subbrand, so filling in the slots between the i3 and the i8 probably isn’t too far-fetched.

Source: BMW Blog

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