These are the first official images
Edited by Giancarlo Perini from the company press-release.
With its ultra-dynamic proportions, elegantly sporty lines, low-slung silhouette and innovative design features, the BMW i8 represents a new generation of sports car. Bringing together hallmark features of the BMW brand with the design language developed specially for BMW i cars creates a progressive aesthetic which faithfully communicates the performance attributes, efficiency and innovative premium character of the plug-in hybrid sports car.
The launch of the BMW i8 sees the world’s first sports car to be purpose-built with sustainability in mind complete its journey from vision to reality.
The new BMW Vision Future Luxury looks as elegant and luxurious as one may expects it to be in the near future. And, yes, it is a brilliant, much more sophisticated (for technology) development of the 2013 BMW Gran Lusso Coupé jointly designed and developed by BMW and Pininfarina.
Yet, its most fascinating features are in the innovative lightweight engineering approach to the bodywork and its consequent developments. The approach is based on the extensive use of carbon fibre and complementary materials, to dramatically cut the weight of traditional seats by integrating them in the bearing structure thus making them a structural part rather than something the traditional structure has to carry.
The idea is not new but it has never been applied to volume production. The innovation is more a matter of production technology with consequent design and engineering concepts banking on the potential of the new approach.