29 Jul '11, 10am

BMW i8 Concept: Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe - Full Details

BMW i8 Concept: Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe - Full Details

While its sports coupes are more of a known entity, the i8 Concept shown in Frankfurt today may be the most radical coupe BMW has ever built. Its “stream flow” lines, characteristic of the new BMW ‘I’ sub-brand, include an adaptation of the BMW twin-kidney grille and extremely slim LED headlamps. The roof is transparent, as are portions of the side of the car. The carbon-fiber reinforced plastic “Life” passenger cell is visually distinct from the “Drive” mechanical portions of the car with both color and accent lines. The shape is a fairly close adaptation of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics vehicle first shown in September 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show . The BMW i8 Concept is a plug-in hybrid , with two powertrains: one electric, driving the front wheels, and one that uses a three-cylinder gasoline engine that powers the rear axle. Either one can be used independently,...

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