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SPIED: BMW's i8 at the 'Ring

2013-04-18 09:30

BMW’S HYBRID SPORTSCAR: The BMW the i8 was spotted undergoing testing without the camouflage rear light covers previously seen during testing. Image: Automedia

Spy-photographers captured images of the production version of BMW’s plug-in hybrid i8 supercar at Germany's Nurburgring.

The car has also been spotted on the South African West Coast but this time around, the prototype wears the actual taillights instead of the fake “trailer-style” units.

The i8 will be the reigning monarch of the automaker's new sub-brand "i" once it debuts.

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The car is said to pack 2+2 seating and a 0-100 km/h time in the 4.8 second range along with a supercar price tag. It will cost the equivalent of about R1.7-million when officially released.

There's been some indication that BMW will forgo the thrifty diesel engine of the concept in favour of a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline unit to work in coordination with a hybrid system.

While that's bad news for diesel fans, the fact that BMW is gearing the platform toward gasoline means that this vehicle will more than likely be very powerful. With its light-weight structure and the plug-in hybrid it will remain a very fuel-efficient car.

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