Here is a large collection of pictures and photos from the BMW i8 forum. We decided to remove all of the ugly camouflaged pictures of the i8 plug-in hybrid electric now that we have full production version photos to display!
The BMW i8 was first introduced as the Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics plug-in hybrid back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, 4 years later, BMW has just unveiled the stunning production version of the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. The BMW prototype had a 7.2 kWh battery pack, but the production version only has a 5.5 kWh battery pack – likely in an effort to keep down weight, or because more space couldn’t be found to house the bulky battery pack.
Although pricing and release timelines have only been announced in the US, BMW plans to sell the i8 in about 50 countries. The PHEV hits the US markets in Spring 2014, with the UK, Germany and France to follow sometime later in the year.
Using the gear selector, the driver can select one of 3 different driving modes: SPORT, COMFORT and ECO PRO. SPORT mode offers manual gear selection and at the same time, switches to very sporty suspension and drive acceleration settings. When COMFORT mode is activated, the BMW i8 suspension softens slightly, and acceleration and fuel efficiency are more balanced. In ECO PRO mode, acceleration is hampered in an effort to conserve power. This mode program also controls electrical convenience functions like air conditioning, seat heating and heated mirrors to operate at minimum power consumption, without affecting safety.