Reader spy pics: 2013 BMW i8

2013-02-20 10:04

We’ve reported on dozens of spy images of future models and encourage readers to send through any images they have of upcoming models.

Reader Arnold Vermaak spotted BMW’s i8 undergoing testing along the West Coast.

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Vermaak said: “I have images of the new BMW being tested along the west coast. The car's dash is covered under a blanket type material in order to disguise it.”

“The model has Lamborghini type doors. The test drivers stopped briefly in front of my house and are currently in Doringbaai.”

The plug-in hybrid i8 is expected to sport a 164kW 1.5 three-cylinder unit coupled to an 96kW electric motor driving power to the rear wheels. The model is expected to deliver a combined output of 260kW and 300Nm.

The model reportedly weighs 1417kg and will have a range of 35km in all-electric mode. The i8 can sprint from 0-100km in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 251km/h.

According to BMW head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, the BMW i8 is expected to cost more than R1-million.

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  • colin.ashby.35 - 2013-02-20 11:55

    i dont think a 1.5l 3 cylinder engine will accelerate that fast. even with a hybrid app.

  • Nathan.Berry.Dawg - 2013-02-20 14:23

    I can see this car being a total failure in this country, especially with our infrastructure - in terms of actually charging the thing.

      phoenix.px.5 - 2013-02-22 22:13

      Its a hybrid???

  • dean.mark.williams - 2013-02-20 14:54

    Strandfontein is not on the west coast, it's on the false bay coast line near muizenberg

      Dean Williams - 2013-02-20 18:53

      Thanks for fixing

      alan.lotter - 2013-02-20 21:42

      Strandfontein on the west caost is North of Lamberts Baai.

  • chris.stuart.332 - 2013-02-20 15:02

    Good specs etc on the car, wouldnt mind it, but 1Mil+ for a 1.5L serious?

  • iYesssss - 2013-02-21 00:40

    There are a couple of different wrapped test vehicles with false panels driving around George, including this one. Others have hybrid/small x6 shape. They seem to meet at a Panel Beater in Foundry Street, George Industria.

      graeme.stockwell - 2013-02-21 07:34

      That is interesting - I hope wheels 24 read your comment and send an actual report and photographer on a mission - but wait - NO its easier cut and paste off another website.

  • de.stig.9 - 2013-02-21 11:23

    Gudluck selling 3 cylinder for GT-R money

  • vuyani.valashiya - 2013-02-21 21:56

    Also saw this car yesterday in George. There was also a 4 series and a 3 series GT also being tested there.

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