Frankfurt is a very big deal on the modern motoring calendar - and the new BMW i8 is arguably going to be one of the stars of the show. Today, photos leaked of the BMW i8 production-spec showing what the production ready version of the hybrid supercar will look like.
BMW i8 specsUnlike the purely efficiency-focused i3, BMW is aiming for performance and economy with the i8, using a hybrid powertrain. A turbocharged 1.5 litre petrol engine supplies 170kW and 320Nm to the rear axle, while the electric motor provides 96kW and 250Nm to the front.
BMW claims astonishing fuel consumption and emissions figures for the new i8: 2.5 litres/100km on average and CO2 emissions of just 59g/km. If that is accurate, it will be a remarkable achievement.
With a weight of just under 1500kg, and combined power of 266kW and 570Nm of torque, the claimed standard acceleration time for the BMW i8 is just 4.5 seconds, with a limited top speed of 250km/h.
ExteriorThe BMW i8 exterior remains just as radical with the bihedral winged doors surviving the concept phase, although much of the glass inlay has been replaced with sheet metal.
The front of the car retains the vertical wings that purportedly redirect air around the body, making the car more aerodynamic and therefore more economical.
We look forward to the reveal of the production-spec BMW i8 at this month's Frankfurt show, and will keep you posted with the latest on this important hybrid car.