The BMW i8 is coming along nicely – and it has to be. BMW is planning to launch it as a 2014 model, which means there’s little more than a year for the BMW i8 to be production ready. Sonny Lim, former head of BMW DesignWorks, produced this rendering to try and take a stab at what the production model BMW i8 may look like. With more realistic bodywork, the renderings show what the hybrid supercar could look like.
The production BMW i8 is rumored to have a shorter wheelbase and length than the original concept, and will weigh around 3,187 pounds which is just under the concept’s original weight goal. Carbon fiber reinforced plastics help save most of the weight in the BMW i8’s chassis.
The electric motor and 1.5 liter turbocharged gasoline engine will provide combined power of 400 hp that will accelerate the BMW i8 from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds. The BMW i8 will have 3 driving modes allowing the driver to pick between pure electric, gasoline, or a combination of both.
Here’s a spy shot of the BMW from back in February showing the flip up door style.