BMW ’s supercar, the M1 , was sold between 1978 to 1981 as the only mid-engined BMW to be mass produced. But you’d expect more from a maker like BMW, right? And with all the competition on the market, BMW had to do something about it, so they decided to put the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show into production.
There is one distinct change for the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept as it heads into production, as BMW changed its name to the i8. Along with the recently announced i3, the i8 shows the other end of the spectrum that the German automaker can reach with its hybrid drivetrains. The production i8 will, surprisingly, carry the concept’s in-line three-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor to drive the front wheels.
As of now, there is only one i8 model set for production, but we have a sneaking suspicion that there may be an M or M Sport model in coming years.
UPDATE 9/9/2013: The production version BMW i8 finally made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , so you can now see the real deal with no camouflage at all. Check the picture gallery to see the new pictures.
UPDATE 9/11/2013: BMW has revealed the i8’s base price in the U.S. of $135,925. It’ll hit showrooms in the spring of 2014.
Updated 12/26/2013: BMW unveiled a new video in which it explains the performance figures behind the new i8 hybrid supercar. Enjoy!
Updated 12/30/2013: Today is time for a new video featuring the new i8 hybrid supercar. This time BMW explains the design features of the new supercar.
Updated 02/07/2014: BMW is launching the new i8 supercar on the U.S. market with a very cool commercial that pays tribute to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. So, you got it: German supercar, launched on the American soil with Russian-inspired commercial!
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