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BMW i8 Official Photos Leak Ahead of Frankfurt Debut

Scheduled to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in about a week, the production version of the brand new BMW i8 plug-in electric sportscar surfaced the Internet ahead of time via a couple of leaked official photos.
BMW i8 production version 3 photos
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The first image reveals the car’s exterior, which looks almost the same as the concept version unveiled two years ago, with only the transparent doors missing and production-ready alloy wheels, while the second picture gives us a glimpse of the interior, which features a 100% digital instrument cluster, among other details.

As a reminder, the BMW i8 will be powered by a TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder 1.5-liter engine that sends 231 HP and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque to the rear wheels, and an electric motor with 131 HP and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) driving the front wheels.

With a combined output of 362 HP and 420 lb ft (570 Nm) of torque and a weight of 1,490 kg (3,258 lbs), the BMW i8 will be able to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standing start in 4.5 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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