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First Official Photos of BMW i8 Leaked

Jeff Perez

Many have been waiting eagerly for the arrival of BMW’s new hybrid-electric sportscar, the i8. Ahead of an official public unveiling on September 10th at the Frankfurt Motor Show, leaked images give us a first glimpse at the i8 in all its production-spec glory.

Giving us just a sample of what to expect, we get to see a side profile of the car with the McLaren F1-like butterfly door ajar. And we also get a first look at an extremely clean, extremely white interior. Much of it differing from the concept study we saw back in 2011.

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These new images paint a bit of a broader picture of what we can expect when it takes to the stage later next week. We already know that under the hood sits a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine good for 231-horsepower and a 131-hp electric motor (total output sits at 362 hp).

0-60 mph arrives in only 4.5 seconds, and average fuel consumption sits at 113 mpg (2.5l/100km). It can also ride on pure electric power for 22 miles alone.

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Catch the i8 on display at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

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