When it was initially unveiled, the BMW i8 made a splash. Its striking design and interesting drivetrain piqued interest, but after a detail drought people seem to have forgotten about the Bimmer concept in favor of more tangible fodder.
Nonetheless, it’s hard to believe that people won’t be instantly as hungry the second more information emerges. Most recently, former senior designer at BMW Design Works, Sonny Lim, tried his hand at rendering what the finished product might look like.
Normally, artist renderings aren’t credible, but Lim’s background means the illustrations might actually be worth paying attention to. In them, we see a shorter i8 that looks more like a possible production car.
In case you forgot, BMW’s futuristic coupe runs on a hybrid platform that shares work between an electric motor and a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine capable in tandem of 400 hp. Much like the upcoming Chevrolet Volt update, the driver will be able to choose between driving modes: pure electric, gasoline-only or a combination of both. At its best, the i8 is also said to propel itself from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.