Some clips of the BMW i8 under full throttle.
The BMW i8 made its splash onto the stage during the BMW press conference at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA show in Protonic Blue, but there were several more colors on hand at the show.
Check out the i8 in Crystal White, Ionic Silver and Sophisto Grey. These four colors round out the initial colors available for the i8, which hits US showrooms in Spring 2014 at a starting price of $135,700 (plus destination and handling).
To recap, the BMW i8 is a 2+2-seater hybrid electric sports car capable of generating 266 kW / 362 hp (max. torque: 570 Nm / 420 lb-ft) and covering 0 – 100 km/h / 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, combined with fuel economy of: EU fuel consumption: 2.5 litres per 100 km … CONTINUED
Are there any M versions of i cars in the pipeline? No, according to Cypselus von Frakenberg, BMW Group head of technology communications. Speaking at the Frankfurt IAA show, Mr. Frankenberg says that not only was there zero input from M engineers in the development of the i8, but there will be no M version in the future. In his words:
“It is separate – M and i,” he begins. “It’s two different sub-brands, but there will be no ‘M’ i-car in the future.
“These [M] are the high performance cars with combustion engines, and on the other side you have the ‘i’ cars with electric drive. They won’t come together.
“I don’t think that it would make sense to mix these two sub-brands in one car. We … CONTINUED
The BMW DTM drivers stopped in at BMW Plant Leipzig (DE) on their way to the eighth race of the DTM season in Oschersleben (DE). Bruno Spengler (CA), Dirk Werner (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Joey Hand (US), Martin Tomczyk (DE), Andy Priaulx (GB), Marco Wittmann (DE) and Timo Glock (DE) started their visit with an autograph session. Hundreds of BMW employees took the opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with the drivers.
The next highlight was a guided tour of the production facility for the BMW cars of tomorrow, the BMW i3 and the BMW i8. BMW i is all about visionary mobility concepts and a new interpretation of premium characteristics, with a strong focus on sustainability. The all-electric driven BMW i3 and plug-in … CONTINUED
The Frankfurt IAA 2013 show is underway, with the public days beginning this Saturday. BMW occupies an entire hall for its display and has 62 cars on the show floor, with 24 more additional cars on the elevated track.
Watch some of the most important model debuts below, which is of course headlined by the BMW i cars – the i8 and i3.
We are live from the Frankfurt IAA 2013 auto show where BMW has officially debuted the production BMW i8 hybrid electric car.
We’ve already shown you the i8 in silver and black, but BMW debuted the i8 at the Frankfurt show in an even wilder color – Protonic Blue Metallic with frozen grey accents.
David (Dackelone) was on hand to witness the reveal and gives us this first look at the i8 in Protonic Blue.
The BMW UK website has an online preview configurator for the BMW i8 sports car, which previews some exterior and interior colors.
While three wheel styles are available for preview, we cannot wait to see the optional carbon fiber wheels (per press release).
You can preview your own i8 build at bmw.co.uk. Share your build with us in this thread.
Catch the videos we’ve just uploaded showing the BMW i8 in motion, exterior, and interior.
Watch the first videos for the BMW i8, including the official launch video.