BMW i8 Coupe
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BMW i8 Coupe

BMW i8 Coupe

The BMW i8 Coupe is an all-wheel-drive plugin hybrid that embodies the German auto behemoth’s green-themed sub-brand to be launched in 2014. The design prototype has been put for displays in various auto shows across the world with the most recent one hosted at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The BMW i8 concept project has progressed over the years that embodies numerous design elements, which have a slim chance of making the cut for production. Pricing has not yet been disclosed, but market analysts suspect the i8 Coupe will have starting prices somewhere close to $150,000. A roadster variant has been also contemplated but BMW has consistently maintained that it was meant for a design purposes only and a convertible was not thought of in the initial concept.

Interior

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The screen shots taken from the design prototype taken at the New York auto show reveal similarities to the styling of the dashboard in line with other BMW variants. The i8 Concept's innovative looking digital instrument panel has a traditional four-gauged layout and a big central console inclined towards the driver's seat. Also visible are hazard lights, console-mounted buttons for the door locks, apart from temperature controls and fan settings. The thick-edged steering wheel also looks like standard issue BMW hardware.

Exterior

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The latest images of the i8 concept taken at the New York Auto show reveal the scrapping of some features previously visible on the concept like the gullwing doors made up of glass panels on their upper and lower surfaces. The current designs enable the i8 to have more conservative points of entry, since the tip no longer comprises of a see-through pane of glass. However, a spokesperson for BMW did confirm whether the production version of the i8 may retain the concept car's mounting doors. 

Unlike the design cues visible in the earlier prototypes, the side mirrors have moved from the doors to the front fenders. The car's frontal appearance including the sleek-looking vent in the nose of the car appear remarkably similar to its predecessors. BMW has stated that leaner production materials like carbon fiber and aluminum will constitute the majority of i8's structure. Sleek aerodynamic devices are also possible though nothing has been confirmed and none of the previous or current images provide substantial proof that they might be included.

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