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.


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The new i8’s design language continues from where the Vision EfficientDynamics concept left. The most impressive feature of the new concept is the upward-swiveling doors fixed to the A-pillars that underline the car’s sporting capability and opens up access to the front and rear seats at the same time.

The new i8 Concept features CFRP components made from resonated carbon fiber weave, a process that began in BMW’s new M3 CRT. At the front of the i8 there is a stylistically modified and strikingly individual update on the kidney grille theme, with a blue background, distinctively shaped LED headlights at the outer edges of the front end, and the absence of the large cooling air intakes. The i8 features a transparent roof that reveals the intricate CFRP structure of the roof, but at the same time offers an optimum view out of the cars and allow the passengers inside to experience the outside world while on the move.

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The concept also ensures an extremely low drag and impressive aerodynamics. For this, BMW has placed a series of air inlets that allow the air to flow through and around the vehicle and also allows airflow at the rear of the vehicle. Intakes behind the passenger cell and at the rear provide a cooling flow of air through the engine compartment, while outlets in the rear diffuser and the flow of air around the rear wheels ensure the car is extremely efficient in terms of lift and down-force at both axles.

The concept combines a Silver Flow shade of light silver and high-gloss Black contrasting with a bright Stream Blue used in the logo, the kidney grille, door sills, and rear apron.


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The interior combines the same sporty character of the exterior with state of the art technologies. The i8 features one of the most impressive driver-focused environments that has ever been offered in a BMW vehicle. The purpose-built driver’s position is geared squarely towards the person at the wheel and gives optimum access to all information and controls. The three-dimensional displays are crystal clear and flash up the relevant information for the driving situation at hand.

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The interior consists of three different levels each colored in a different color to indicate which functions they accommodate. The first one, the outer layer, is white and forms the supporting structure for all interior geometries. The inner layer is the function-oriented level and opens up features such as seat surfaces and storage areas. A black level is being placed between the inner and outer layer and incorporates the technical components. It creates a visual link between the instrument panel, steering column, steering wheel (including instrument cluster), central information display (CID), and controls.


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The BMW i8 is being offered with two different drive systems – an electric motor and an internal combustion engine that can be used together or separate. As a plug-in vehicle, the i8 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds and will offer a fuel economy of 94 mpg.

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The electric motors drive the front axle, while the 220 HP turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine developing up to 221 lb-ft of torque drives the rear axle. The two motors will ensure the i8 will be capable of a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).

The electric motor is being supplied by a battery system installed between the front and rear axle modules and will provide an autonomy of 20 miles.

When will the production version follow?

This is just a first concept version of the production i8 set to be revealed sometime in 2013.


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Despite the fact the i8 features one of the most innovation technologies currently available on the market, they are not the first ones to offer high-performance hybrid cars. Audi is also preparing an electric version of the R8, while Mercedes is currently developing the SLS AMG E-Cell.

The competition will be anything but an easy match, but, if BMW stays true to this concept, the i8 will be one of the more successful vehicles on the market.

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  (231) posted on 02.8.2012

The BMW i8 concept looks great with superior performance. It’s the most innovative technology for hybrid cars.

  (488) posted on 02.7.2012

The BMW i8 concept looks great with superior performance. It’s the most innovative technology for hybrid cars.

  (333) posted on 01.13.2012

This has a remarkable style and platform design even price. This has more innovative designs and total package of high technology car. The figure performance of this vehicle is definitely awesome.

  (692) posted on 01.1.2012

The futuristic styling of the car will definitely leave you jaw-dropped just by looking at it. I like the elegance on its design. Plus the figure performance of the car is impressive as well.

  (1211) posted on 12.26.2011

I more like this concept compare to the Vision EfficientDynamics. The engine performance of the car is more powerful as well. The styling is extremely an impressive creation.

  (647) posted on 12.23.2011

Severely COOL! It looks great for a futuristic car. And I am impressed by its technology. It got the angst and a very promising features. But still its just a concept, and I don’t think that they will include all this cool features once they produce this model.

  (336) posted on 11.22.2011

Well, I’m not really a fan of a futuristic vehicle, just like this one, but I still appreciate the angst and the awesome looks of this concept. Anyway, I wonder if BMW had a plan to put it on the market?

  (488) posted on 11.13.2011

Sad to say, I don’t like the exterior appearance of this concept or even the whole features of it. I just find it too futuristic. However, I’m impressed that it had a great performance number.

  (427) posted on 10.19.2011

This concept is really over dressed! I’m not so enchased with this one. It is too futuristic and so unreliable as well, but I can say that the interior of this one is sort of captivating.

  (630) posted on 10.4.2011

Highly innovated car, look very focus and futuristic car even. Concept wise for every angle you may still appreciate the beauty of the car. Now dealing with the efficiency of its the interior and exterior.

  (434) posted on 09.26.2011

I love the futuristic interior of this i8 concept even the scissor type door of it. The exterior design is so aggressive, but I think BMW doesn’t have any plan to see this one production. Alas!

  (300) posted on 09.23.2011

I like the concept of this car. The style and design of this car are great. This car is one of the best cars I’ve ever seen. The line in the body of the car is great. This design is one of the attractive designs to all the people who see the car on the road.

  (599) posted on 09.23.2011

Car manufacturers are releasing lots of awesome concepts! I could not ask for more when it comes to the looks or appearance of them but sometimes they too much focus on the outside look to their car than to its figure performance.

  (382) posted on 09.21.2011

BMW lunched a great car. Aside from being so stylish. The main concept of the i8 is be a fuel efficiency. Well, this a good news for a car collectors if they have this one.

  (474) posted on 09.19.2011

I love the style of this car the half of the hood is black and the other is white. Unique style and the rims combination of color is great.

  (372) posted on 09.19.2011

Wow! It’s a very beautiful car. It has a perfect interior and exterior with high technology ever. It seems so a very fast car. The scissor type door is very cool. 

  (313) posted on 09.7.2011

Nice style and impressive platform! and its technologies that it had is quite really good and great but they are right that this car seems not so safe.

  (428) posted on 09.5.2011

i8 concept really had an impressive design and interior technologies but I think it not reliable on the road. Surely it can lots of attention most especially the attention of the carnappers. hahaha smiley

  (401) posted on 09.2.2011

smileyk. I have to admit that I’m impressed with the styling of the car for its futuristic design. However, I think its not that potent and its not safe.

  (472) posted on 09.2.2011

I have to admit that I’m actually impressed with the styling of the car. However, its just miserable that they can’t vindicate on how consistent is this vehicle. I want to a real presentation vehicle!

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