The BMW i8 is easily the flashiest model the German automaker has in its lineup. Aftermarket companies rarely give it any attention though. A big part of that is the i8’s hybrid engine, which is admittedly more complicated to custom tune than the typical gas-powered variant. Then there’s German Special Customs, which saw a way to develop an aftermarket kit for the i8 without having to worry about making any engine modifications.

The German-based aftermarket company decided to offer a tuning program that plays to the strengths of the i8 by improving the hybrid sports car’s aesthetic and aerodynamic attributes. That’s how the i8 “iTRON” was born.

It’s a flashy name, but an appropriate one considering the incredible improvements to make the i8 look sportier and more dramatic than its standard appearance.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the design of the BMW i8, but if German Special Customs can make it look like this, there’s no way I’m going back to its normal design.

Give a lot of credit to GSC for creating a tuning kit that adds more flash to the already flamboyant hybrid sports car.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 "iTRON" By German Special Customs.

BMW i8 "iTRON" By German Special Customs in detail

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The German Special Customs-tuned BMW i8 looks every bit the part of an all-conquering hybrid sports car. The front section has been dramatically upgraded with a distinct front spoiler-bumper with its own large cooling air inlets. New integrated LED Daytime headlights and a "spoiler sword" with winglets provides a far more aggressive appearance that belies the importance of the i8’s impressive hybrid capabilities.

Move to the back and you’ll notice that German Special Customs installed new exhaust end tubes that you won’t see on the standard i8. GSC also installed its own rear apron into the i8, creating the same visual appeal of the winglets, making the section look beefier and more muscular.

Rounding out the iTRON program are a new set of 22-inch wheels. Those are huge wheels for a car of the i8’s size, but that increased size brings out even more aesthetic appeal out of the hybrid sports car.

No performance upgrades were given to the i8, which isn’t so much of a problem because its hybrid engine’s already quite imposing. Under its hood, the i8 is powered by a combination 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine and an electric motor to develop 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

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The BMW i8 has been a part of our automotive lexicon since 2011 and yet, it’s hard to believe that the production model only made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW understandably took its time developing the production i8 but in the end, the time spent on testing and developing the car was worth the wait. Its futuristic design and unrivaled technology are two big reasons why the i8 has become a popular model.

It also has a revolutionary engine setup that features a 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together produce 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque that gets mated to a six-speed auto transmission with the electric motors hooked up to a two-stage transmission.

With those numbers, the i8 is more than capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

Pricing for the BMW i8 begins at $135,925 in the U.S.

Press Release

With the plug-in-hybrid racer i8, BMW has doubtlessly revolutionised the classic sports car. 1.5 litres of displacement spread across three cylinders and 231 PS / 320 Nm, in combination with a 131 PS / 250 Nm electric motor are enough for this very dynamic all-wheel drive car to offer a driving output worthy of a "real" sports car. The electric racer sprints from zero to 100 km/h in only 4.4 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The sensation is that in spite of this power, the BMW can offer a combined consumption of only 2.1 litres of gasoline per 100 kilometres for the i8! Powered purely electrically, the plug-in hybrid, fuelling up mostly from the socket, can drive up to 37 kilometres and reach speeds of up to 65 km/h.

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Nearly in time for the market introduction of the BMW i8 serial model just a few months ago, the styling specialists from German Special Customs, Chemnitz, now present the first design drafts that offer an outlook on the in-house i8 interpretation with the project name "iTRON".

As compared to the downright delicate serial version, the i8 is modified by German Special Customs – in short: GSC ¬– is much more aggressive and powerful. A distinctively shaped front spoiler bumper, with large cooling air inlets, integrated LED daylight headlights and a spoiler sword characterised by its winglets, gives the "iTRON" an extra portion of overtaking prestige, as also supported by the air outlets integrated into the new motor cowl. The winglets of the front spoiler sword with their raised sides reflect the side sills again so that the Bavarian now looks much more solid. At the rear, German Special Customs give the i8 what it is missing entirely in the serial condition: exhaust end tubes! End-tube blinds aligned with the shapes of the i8 are integrated in the GSC design’s new rear apron, which also once again repeats the winglets of the side sills and visually leads on until behind the rear wheels.

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Instead of the very narrow i8 serial wheels (VA 7x20 inch with 195/50R20 and HA 7.5x20 inch with 215/45R20), German Special Customs chose a wheel/tyre combination for the iTRON that is much wider and has a larger diameter.

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