BMW i8 Will Feature the Famous Hofmeister Kink

As we read the Car and Driver test drive of the new i8 something in their photo gallery caught our eye. If you already read it, you might've noticed something too, right in the main photo of the article.
BMW i8 Scale Model 1 photo
Photo: Car and Driver
The cover photo we used was a shot of a scale model of the i8 found at the testing facility where the prototype tests are done. However, the die cast showed an interesting detail.

Unlike its smaller brother, the i3, the i8 will be more connected to the BMW roots and will feature a Hofmeister kink. Looking at the i3 production car for the first time I was disappointed a bit, seeing that the kink was gone but it actually made sense.

After all, that trademark design cue was there to emphasize rear-wheel-drive and the dynamics of BMWs and, let's face it, whilst the i3 does have the roundel on the bonnet, it's not a sports car by no means. It was designed for easy commutes and that's exactly what it does.

So, seeing the kink missing from it was a bit of a downer but we didn't make too much of it. On the i8 on the other hand, it's a totally different story. Even though it is (when in electric mode) a FWD car, the driving feel, agility, and sports character made it mandatory to have the Hofmeister kink.

Surely aware of this, BMW decided to comply. Even though we're seeing it only on a scale model of the prototype, it's very unlikely to see the feature gone in the production model and that is music to our ears!

Thanks to Car and Driver for the photos!
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