BMW i8 Concept: 78 MPG And 0-60 MPH In Under 5 Seconds

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BMW is working on a whole new range of eco-focused models falling under its recently established i brand, with everything from electric scooters to plug-in hybrid supercars planned.

The first of these is to be an electric minicar called the i3, a car many of you will recognize as the long-awaited production Megacity Vehicle. However, the flagship of the range, and the model we’re most interested in, will be the new i8 plug-in hybrid supercar, a concept version of which has been revealed today at a special press conference ahead of its official world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

We’ve known about the i8 for a while, with BMW first previewing it with the original Vision EfficientDynamics Concept back in 2009--a concept’s whose lines have remained true over the years and can clearly be seen in this updated version.

We’ve also seen a prototype version testing near the Arctic Circle, as well as another prototype being filmed on the set of the upcoming Mission Impossible 4 movie.

However, the latest BMW i8 Concept offers the closest look yet to the production version confirmed for launch in early 2014.

Hit the next couple of pages for all the juicy details.

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