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2019 BMW i8 Roadster Driven

2019 BMW i8 Roadster Driven

The reasonably powered supercar

The BMW i8 Roadster is the car you want to have if you want to make more statements at once. If you want to look wealthy, unusual, and with an eye towards our future, you should park an i8 in your driveway. The 2+2 sports car still looks fresh six years into its production cycle and, as much as we love the glassed roof of the coupe, this roadster version is the one to have during the summer months. We took one for a spin to see if BMW has lost the lead in the hybrid sports car segment or if the i8 is still the king of the crop.

Now, the first thing you must know about the i8 Roadster is the concession it pushes you to make: due to the fact that you no longer have a fixed roof over your head and, instead, you have to make do with a soft top, there are o back seats. The place where the back seats used to be is eaten up by the two-piece, electrified roof when it’s folded away from view. On the other hand, you do get just as much oomph as in the case of the Coupe, namely 369 horsepower combined that translate to a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds. Also, the roofless i8 was the first to come with the 11.6 kWh battery pack that feeds the single synchronous electric motor on the front axle and the one that sits on the back axle, near the engine.

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2019 BMW i8 - Driven

2019 BMW i8 - Driven

If you have ever wondered what the sports car of the future will look like, a great place to look is at your BMW dealership. The BMW i8 is how BMW sees it, and if that is the case, the future may be brighter than we thought. If we had to guess what the sports car of the future would be, we can be almost certain that it will be electric or have at least hybrid power. It would also be made of high-tech materials and be futuristic looking — the i8 checks all those boxes.

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2018 BMW i8 and i3 Starlight Edition

2018 BMW i8 and i3 Starlight Edition

There’s a matching BMW i3 to go with it

Proving that it can match fancy with the best automakers in the world, BMW has rolled a one-off BMW i8 that’s dressed up in actual 24-karat gold. The unique creation is called the i8 Starlight Edition, and if you happen to have deep pockets, it can be purchased, provided you end up with the winning bid. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. The BMW i8 Starlight Edition — and the i3 Starlight Edition, for that matter — will be up for auction to benefit the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97.

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Golden BMW i3 And i8 Starlight Edition Revealed

Golden BMW i3 And i8 Starlight Edition Revealed

Golden i3 or i8, anyone?

BMW has introduced tons of special versions of its i cars - the i3 and the i8. Now, the BMW Czech Republic division revealed a new stunning pair of special editions- the BMW i3 and the i8 Starlight Edition, two models that show off the exceptional possibilities of BMW’s paint partners at Toplac. As the official partners of the BMW ColorSystem, Toplac employed painter Miroslav Spicak and designer Zoltan Matuska to create the unique BMW i3 and i8 drizzled in gold. Literally.

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2019 BMW i8 Roadster

2019 BMW i8 Roadster

Bimmer’s electrified spaceship goes topless

The world got its first official look at the production-ready BMW i8 hybrid sports car back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Critics and enthusiasts alike went gaga over its sci-fi good looks while reveling in its promises of speed and efficiency, and consumers responded by buying over 10,000 examples of the i8 as of November of 2016, making it the best-selling plug-in hybrid sports car in the world. Impressive stuff, no doubt, but now there’s a new model out, and this time, it’s got a bit off the top. This roofless iteration of the Bavarian’s hybrid sports car made its debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and brings with it a few small tweaks to the exterior styling, updated tech in the cabin, and a little extra oomph in the electrified powertrain department as well.

Overall, the updates are pretty minor, refining what’s already there without changing much. And considering the widespread acclaim levied at the i8 in the few short years it’s been on the market, it makes sense to keep things more or less unchanged, right? That said, the hybrid and EV market have seen some mighty impressive advances over the course of that time period, which begs the question – can unlimited headroom keep the i8 feeling fresh for the 2019 model year?

Updated 01/24/2018: We’ve updated this review with all the latest official info straight from BMW!

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2019 BMW i8

2019 BMW i8

A few extra electrons for ze German sci-fi machine

First unveiled in 2013, the BMW i8 was met with critical acclaim for its sharp space-age looks, high-tech hybrid powertrain, and impressive speed potential. First rolling off the production line in 2014, the i8 has remained a hugely desirable hybrid sports car throughout its brief lifetime. However, it’s been several years now since its initial release, which means it’s time for a refresh. As such, BMW introduced a mid-cycle refresh for the i8 Coupe at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, simultaneously dropping the sheets alongside a new open-top Roadster iteration. Overall, the tweaks are minor but do include some new styling options and a slightly beefier battery pack. Power and all-electric range see incremental increases, but is it enough to keep the Bavarian spaceship feeling as cutting edge as it should?

After all, we’ve seen some pretty impressive gains in the sporty hybrid segment, even in the past three years. Which begs the question – how does the 2019 i8 shape up amongst the current crop of segment offerings, and does this refresh lag against the times?

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2020 BMW i8

2020 BMW i8

Is BMW’s modern sports car taking the all-electric route?

Launched in 2014, the i8 was on BMW’s drawing boards since the mid-2000s. First unveiled as the Vision Efficient Dynamics in 2009, it was updated to the i8 Concept in 2011, before being showcased as a production-ready prototype in 2013. In 2012, BMW also revealed a Spyder concept car. More than three years have passed since its official debut, and the i8 is already a big hit with hybrid sports car enthusiasts. Despite this, BMW has yet to offer a mid-cycle update like it did with the i3, but it’s planning to launch a drop-top, Spyder version at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Whether more oomph is on the table for the current i8 is still a mystery, but there’s a lot of buzz about a significantly more powerful next-generation model flying around for quite some time.

Given BMW’s current strategy, a brand-new i8 isn’t likely to arrive sooner than 2020, so information about the upcoming sports car is scant, to say the least. However, there have been claims that the new i8 will go fully electric and the I Vision Dynamics concept that was unveiled in 2017 likely previews the sports car’s new design. I gathered all the information available in the speculative review below, while our designer created a rendering of what the second-generation i8 might look like. Keep reading to find out all the details we have so far and stay tuned for updates on this car.

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2017 BMW i8 – Driven

2017 BMW i8 – Driven

Blurring the line between tree-hugger and supercar

The BMW i8 has been around since the 2015 model year, but I’ve just recently had the chance to get behind the wheel. In fact, I had an entire week to play with it, driving it to mundane places like the grocery store and the parent pickup line at the kiddo’s school. As you might imagine, the i8 garnered plenty of attention wherever it went. And why not? It’s the sexiest machine in BMW’s current lineup and just as exotic as anything from Lamborghini or Ferrari. Yet under its Sophisto Grey paint and carbon fiber reinforced plastic body lies some of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced drivetrain components this side of Doc Brown’s DMC DeLorean and its Mr. Fusion nuclear reactor.

The i8, along with its less athletically inclined brother, the i3, are the current members of BMW’s i Division. As BMW’s M Division is committed to high performance vehicles, the i Division is all about electrification. For the time being, the i Division has concentrated on gasoline-electric hybrids, combining the best of both worlds into an amalgamation of efficiency and sportiness while limiting the amount of gasoline needed. Holistically, the BMW i8 lives up to its hype, delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds, a top speed of 155 mph, an EPA-estimated 76 MPGe, and a combined rating of 28 mpg when the gasoline three-cylinder kicks on. But like most cutting-edge technology and exotic supercars, the everyday experience can be a bit compromised and challenging.

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2017 BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition

2017 BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition

Another Geneva-bound special edition BMW i8 is making waves

It’s easy to see why some people have become weary of BMW’s penchant to dress up the i8 in special edition wardrobes when the common call for the German automaker is to drop some serious updates on the car. After all, the long-promised i8 Spyder has not yet arrived and a next-generation model isn’t making its debut anytime soon. Heck, there was even one point when talk of a “hotter” i8 – reportedly called the i8S – was in everyone’s radar. Nothing has come out of it though and the restless have become even more angsty. In the meantime, BMW seems to be content in dropping one special edition i8 after another and the latest to get that treatment is the i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition.

In truth, the i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition was announced together with the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition. You might even say that with the exception of the body color that’s carried over into their actual names, both special edition i8s are somewhat identical to one another.

BMW’s approach with the i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition is simple and straight to the point, as it has been for other Protonic special editions that the German automaker has released in the past. Remember the i8 Protonic Red Edition and the i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition from last year? Lump in the the i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow’s tag-team partner, the Protonic Frozen Black Edition, and you can see a familiar template being followed here.

Yes, the family of special edition BMW i8s is growing and until we get to see some concrete movement in the expansion of the model’s line-up, we might have to settle ourselves with the understanding that for now, the scope of BMW’s expansion plans for the i8 will largely be focused on more special edition models in the near future, possibly of the “Protonic” persuasion.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing since there’s still a segment of the population that get excited over these models. But the novelty is also wearing thin for some people and as creative as these special edition i8s are, the time when people we’re falling over their feet in excitement every time BMW released one has clearly passed.

There’s a good chance that the BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition will still attract a lot of people. But don’t be surprised if just as many start jumping off the bandwagon.

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2017 BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition

2017 BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition

The i8 is all dressed for a classy night in the town

The BMW i8 is a few months away from celebrating its third year anniversary since entering production, and if there’s one thing that we’ve come to know and understand about the i8, it’s that BMW has never wasted an opportunity to dress up the hybrid sports car in a number of different versions. Over the years, we’ve seen special edition versions like the i8 Protonic Red Edition, the i8 Concours d’ Elegance Edition, and the i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition. At one point, there was even the i8 Mirrorless Concept, which didn’t come with standard mirrors, hence the name. Today, we welcome a pair of new special edition I8’s, both of whom are scheduled to make their debuts at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. One of these special editions is called the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition and predictably enough, it’s dressed in black from nose to tail.

Debonairs the world over would certainly appreciate a car like the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition. The special edition i8’s all-black look is a magnet for self-assured confidence and we all know that the suave and urbane are not lacking in those particular character traits. Naturally, it touts a model-specific BMW Individual paint finish as the main highlight of the Protonic Frozen Black Edition, as it has for the aforementioned special edition i8s that have come before it.

That said, the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition isn’t just defined by its striking paint finish. Specific interior appointments also help magnify the i8 Protonic Frozen Black Edition’s special edition status. There’s not a lot of them, but the ones that are there are exclusive to the Frozen Black Edition and its co-star in Geneva, the equally limited Protonic Yellow Edition.

Both special edition i8s are scheduled to go on sale this year with the Protonic Frozen Black Edition hitting the market first in April 2017. For its part, the Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition will follow suit a few months later, possibly around the latter half of the year.

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2017 BMW i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition

2017 BMW i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition

The German brand is bringing a special-edition sports car to the Paris Motor Show

Previewed by several concept cars and prototypes, the BMW i8 was introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and was ultimately put into production in 2014. Deliveries to U.S. customers began in August of 2014. The i8 is BMW’s second mass-produced hybrid after the i3, which arrived in dealerships in late 2013. In 2015, global sales of the BMW i8 exceeded the combined figure of all other hybrid sports cars produced by other manufacturers, an impressive feat for a vehicle that costs well in excess of $100,000.

Much like every other nameplate out there, the i8 has also spawned a number of limited-edition models. After launching the Protonic Red Edition at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the German firm prepared a follow up for the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It goes by the name Protonic Dark Silver Edition, and much like its predecessor, it comes with a batch of unique features on top of the i8’s already comprehensive equipment list.

The new special-edition sports car will be available for a limited time, with production to commence by the end of 2016. Keep reading to find out what makes it special and stay tuned for updates from the Paris Motor Show in just a couple of weeks.

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2016 BMW i8 Futurism Edition

2016 BMW i8 Futurism Edition

Special Edition i8 features livery from a piece of fine Italian art.

According to BMW, its i division stands for “visionary vehicle concepts and technologies and connected mobility services, as well as a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability.” And as such, that concept is represented in 50 countries by the BMW i3 and the BMW i8, the latter of which is – according to BMW – the world’s best-selling hybrid sports car. One such country is Italy, where BMW Italia has been in the fold for the last 50 years. To celebrate those 50 years, BMW Italia and Garage Italia Customs has teamed up to create a special edition of the BMW i8.

President and Founder of Garage Italia Customs, Lapo Elkann, said, “There was immediate synergy with BMW Italia the very first time we met for the i8 Futurism Edition project. Garage Italia Customs and the BMW brand both share, in fact, all the values connected to technology evolution and the continuous search for innovation in their specific sectors. The BMW i8 Futurism Edition is a practice of style. It gave the Garage Italia Customs Maestros a chance to celebrate a car which is projected towards the future of mobility. At the same time, it honors Italian art with Giacomo Balla, who is a prominent figure of the Futurism movement.”

According to Sergio Solero, the President and CEO of BMW Italia, the BMW i8 Futurism Edition “represents the parting of a sports car of the future with Italian creativity and art.” So, with that said, let’s take a look at this new, radical-looking i8 special edition.

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2016 BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition

2016 BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition

BMW’s sports hybrid comes to Geneva with a limited-edition red suit

Officially launched in the U.S. in August of 2014, the BMW i8 has been met with huge enthusiasm, selling nearly 3,000 units as of December 2015. The hybrid sports car met its first customers at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where BMW also auctioned a special-edition model named after the event and equipped with several unique features inside and out. The car was sold for $825,000, six times the retail price of thei8. Now, BMW is preparing yet another special-edition model, this time around to be showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It’s called the Protonic Red Edition and will enter production starting July 2016.

Much like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance edition, the Protonic Red i8 features a bespoke exterior and an custom interior with colors and stitching not available on the regular model. However, unlike the $825,000 sports car, the Protonic Red will have a sticker closer to the i8’s staring price and will be built in significantly more examples. Details as to how much it will cost and how many will be built aren’t yet available, but BMW said that the Protonic Red Edition will be available until the end of 2016.

Find out more about it below and stay tuned for updates from the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next month.

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2016 BMW i8 Mirrorless Concept

2016 BMW i8 Mirrorless Concept

As the BMW i8 continues to make its mark as a high-tech, cutting edge green supercar, the brand is on the lookout for ways to ensure that it remains at the absolute peak of the “hey, that’s cool” technology wave. To that end, BMW showed the i8 Mirrorless Concept at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While identical to the production i8 at a casual glance, it’s quickly obvious where this concept’s name is derived from.

This i8 has done away with low-tech slabs of silvered glass entirely, replacing the mirrors with an array of three rear-facing cameras. In addition to eliminating blind spots, the camera display can flash warning messages if the driver is about to merge in front of a faster-moving vehicle or perform a similarly hazardous maneuver. Additionally, the display is larger than a traditional mirror would be, and mounted on the dash to reduce driver eye motions. The display can also adjust itself in response to the steering wheel being turned, angling in the direction of travel when the car is backing up.

Concepts with cameras replacing the mirrors are nothing new. BMW hasn’t made any noises about whether this concept will go into production or not, but considering the technological resources it has already on hand, it doesn’t seem like a stretch to call this one plausible.

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2015 BMW i8

2015 BMW i8

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.

Updated 9/1/2015: Our man Jonathan Lopez took some pics at Monterey Car Week. Enjoy!

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2015 BMW Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research Vehicle

2015 BMW Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research Vehicle

Every major automotive manufacturer is looking into the best ways to implement alternative fuels, and BMW is doing one of the more impressive jobs of it. After having heavily invested in battery technology, and even managing to make an impressive production battery vehicle in the form of the 2015 BMW i8, BMW is now looking to hedge its alternative fuel bets by also investing in hydrogen. Of course, hydrogen-powered cars have been around for some time, both in the form of hydrogen combustion engines and also as fuel cells. BMW has been involved in quite a bit of research in this area, but with this debut of the i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research Vehicle, the reality of a hydrogen BMW in dealerships looks to be much closer.

The system was also put into a 2014 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, but that’s somewhat more difficult to get excited about, the i8 being the clear winner in the looks department. It produces 245 horsepower and offers a 300-mile range. That’s a pretty good range for an all-electric, but as BMW points out, refueling is very quick with hydrogen, so the range issues that battery vehicles face aren’t really an issue here.

Updated 07/15/2915: The guys over Cars Video unveiled some driving scenes of the recently announced i8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research Vehicle. Check them out to hear what the future sounds like. It’s spooky.

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2017 BMW i8S

2017 BMW i8S

It’s been a while since I admittedly got all tingly about a car that doesn’t even exist yet, but BMW seems to have done the trick with this “hotter i8” report. Automobile Mag is reporting that BMW’s 100th anniversary in 2016 will coincide with the launch of green supercar that currently carries the codename “M100”. The codename is merely temporary, as it’s reportedly set to be called the BMW i8S.

According to Automobile Mag, the new “i8S” isn’t just going to be a showpiece concept; rather, BMW has plans to release a full-fledged production model by 2017.

Project i team leader Ulrich Kranz is spearheading the project under the leadership of Roberto Fedeli, BMW’s program director who recently traded in his technical director job at Ferrari for BMW. Fedeli’s involvement is particularly interesting because of his expertise in lightweight construction materials and hybrid powertrains, two critical ingredients of the Ferrari LaFerrari.

There are also reports that the i8S will feature plenty of bespoke parts, including lots of carbon fiber and a chassis that uses plenty of aluminum materials. The new i8S is also tipped to feature a more comprehensively integrated architecture that could lead to a more aggressive design than the current i8 and a stronger suspension setup that could presumably handle the rigors of what could very well be a powerful hybrid engine.

This car opens up a world of new possibilities for BMW. For all of the things we love about the i8, it does have just 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. There’s still a lot of room there for improvement, something we’ll likely see with the I8S.

The Automobile Mag report goes on to indicate that BMW is testing two drivetrains in the i8S. One is a twin-turbo, 2.0-liter inline-four engine that produces 320 horsepower and an electric motor with 204 horses. The second drivetrain includes a 480-horse, 3.0-liter I-6 and a 109-horsepower electric motor. No matter which drivetrain BMW chooses for the production model, the i8S will have more than 500 horses to play with.

Also included in the report is the claim that the i8S will include a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The i8S is expected to top out at 155 mph and sprint to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

Note: Standard BMW i8 pictured here.

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2015 BMW i8 Sophisto Grey

2015 BMW i8 Sophisto Grey

I’m beginning to wonder if BMW’s Abu Dhabi dealership has too much time on its hands. In the past week, the dealership has unveiled three personalized BMW vehicles. First we saw the stunning BMW M235i. That was followed by the equally alluring BMW M3 with M Performance Parts. Now, it has a BMW i8, or to be more specific, the i8 Sophisto Grey.

This i8 gets its name from its Sophisto Grey paint finish, which is one of four color finishes BMW developed exclusively for the i8. Fans of the i8 clearly have a level of affinity for this particular shade, largely because it’s been dubbed the “Batman i8." If only it came with Batman’s utility belt and the Batwing, but I guess this will do for now.

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2015 BMW i8 "iTRON" By German Special Customs

2015 BMW i8 "iTRON" By German Special Customs

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.

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2015 BMW i8 Safety Car

2015 BMW i8 Safety Car

The Formula E Championship kicked off in spectacular style over the weekend, featuring a last-lap crash between the race leaders Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld that gift-wrapped the historic win to Lucas di Grassi. That’s what everybody’s talking about and rightfully so. But the inaugural Formula E race also saw the BMW i8 take center stage as the series’ official safety car.

Isn’t it fitting that a championship among electric-powered race cars would have a low-emission, hybrid sports car like the i8 serving as its safety car?

The BMW Qualcomm i8 Safety Car, as it’s officially known, was joined by its little brother, the BMW i3, which also performed duties as the series’ official medical car and extraction car. Might as well keep it in the family!

True to form, the i8 Safety Car ended up taking part in a busy and action-packed race, none more dramatic than the hellacious crash in the last lap of the race. While jockeying for the lead, Prost’s Renault made contact with Heidfeld’s Venturi, sending the latter into the barricades in one of the most spectacular crashes we’ve seen this year. Fortunately, both Prost and Venturi escaped the accident in relatively unscathed.

At the very least, it gave us a good preview of how exciting the new FIA Formula E Championship can be. The BMW i8 Safety Car already knows that after only one race manning the track.

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2015 BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition

2015 BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition

The new BMW i8 is the brand’s most innovative and technologically advanced model yet. This plug-in hybrid combines efficiency with sports car performance, futuristic looks, and plenty of BMW luxury. Perhaps the first thing to catch consumers’ minds is the raw technology behind this design. This plug-in hybrid setup combines a 1.5-liter, inline three-cylinder, gas engine with two electric motors for motivation. In July 2014, BMW announced that it will auction off a special Concours d’Elegance Edition i8 to build upon the excitement about the model.

Things get a little tricky when adding the i8’s powertrain together. A six-speed automatic transmission drives the rear wheels, while an electric motor powers the front wheels through a two-speed automatic. An additional, smaller electric motor provides additional power to the rear wheels but mostly acts as a generator to top off the battery.

Confused yet? The bottom line is that this all works in harmony to create 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. BMW claims a 0-to-60 time of only 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. A BMW-like 50/50 weight distribution ensures amazing balance and handling.

While all of this is enough to get excited about, BMW wants to take luxury and customization a step further with a special Concours d’Elegance Edition to be introduced and auctioned off at the Pebble Beach Auto Show in August 2014.

Updated 08/18/2014: The i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition sold at auction for a whopping $825,000.

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2015 LUMMA CLR I8 Concept

2015 LUMMA CLR I8 Concept

Any car that gets the kind of attention that the BMW i8 has received is going to be on the radar of a lot of aftermarket companies. It’s not so much a question on if a tuner will build a program for it as it is when somebody will be the first to do it.

Well, it looks like Lumma Design already has the leg up over the competition.

The German tuning firm is jumping in on the i8 phenomenon with a preview of what it plans to do with BMW’s all-new electric sports car.

Nothing is final as of yet, but the preliminary announcement from Lumma has the i8 receiving a host of high-tech carbon components, including a new front spoiler, new side skirts and a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser tacked on to it.

In addition, the aptly named CLR I8 program also gets a fancy set of new wheels and the most distinguishable modification of them all, tailor-made stickers — yes, stickers — that change the blue accents on the standard i8 into a shade of green that, quite frankly, looks a lot better than the standard blue hue. And if anything, it goes with the eco-friendliness of the electric hybrid. Just sayin’...

No performance upgrades have been announced, but rest assured we’re going to expect significantly more than the 362-horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque output of the standard i8.

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