BMW i8 finally revealed at Frankfurt motor show!

BMW i8 front

BMW i8 hybrid supercar revealed as production car to go on sale later in 2013

The BMW i8 hybrid supercar has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show, four years after the Vision EfficientDynamics concept was unveiled at the same show.

The look has mellowed in its journey from concept to reality, but the low nose and tail, flowing flanks and dramatic doors ensure the i8 looks like nothing else.

BMW i8 front three quarter

The four-seater is a little bigger than an Audi R8, at 4,689mm long, 1,942mm wide and 1,293mm high, with a 2,800mm wheelbase. But because it’s made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminium, the i8 weighs 1,490kg – that’s 70kg less than the lightest R8.

Also helping to keep weight down is the drivetrain. The rear wheels are powered by BMW’s new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine. It produces 228bhp and is hooked up to a six-speed auto box. The front axle uses a mid-mounted lithium-ion battery to power a 129bhp electric motor, giving a total of 357bhp.

BMW i8 rear doors open

The car has an electric range of 22 miles at up to 75mph with an overall range of 310 miles, plus 113mpg fuel economy and 59g/km CO2 emissions.

With both power sources engaged, the i8 will go from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds and hit a limited 155mph.

BMW also claims that the i8 will set new handling standards. Its centre of gravity is ‘less than 460mm,’ making it the lowest of any BMW, while the firm claims that despite the i8’s novel drivetrain, it retains almost perfect 50:50 front:rear weight distribution.

BMW i8 rear three quarters

All i8s come with Dynamic Damper Control as standard, plus a host of driving modes that let you drive in a more economical or more sporting fashion.

Optional features include CFRP wheels, which save 3kg each compared to the standard-fit 20-inch alloys. If full LED headlights aren’t quite bright enough for you, there’s also the option of super-bright laser headlights that BMW claims are a world first.

BMW i8 interior

The i8 is also the first to use the same chemically hardened glass that smartphone screens are made from. BMW selected the glass for the rear window because it’s lighter, stronger and offers better sound proofing.

BMW i8 dashboard

Interior features include a free-standing display for the car’s functions and infotainment, digital dials and a head-up display.

The i8 goes on sale in late 2013, for around £100,000.

BMW i8 rear

Lady Gaga showed off her 322 Km/h new ride !

What? Did you expect her to drive a Toyota Camry? Lady Gaga showed off her new ride, a swanky Audi R8 GT, while out on the town in Beverly Hills.

The sleek and silver sports car turned heads and inspired massive interest on the Web.

On Twitter, “we love gaga’s new car” became a trending topic. Comments on the social network ranged from the fawning (“I would’ve had a car accident, if I noticed Lady Gaga was driving in the car next to me. We Love Gaga’s New Car!”) to the less-than-impressed (“We Love Gaga’s New Car, do you’s really need to make a trend about it?, it’s a car, get over it”) to the jokey (“Is it made of meat too? Cool!”).

The car, which sells for between $196,800 and $210,300 depending on if you want cup holders, goes 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds, according to Motor Trend. It can burn a quarter of a mile in about 11.5 seconds. Top speed is around 200 mph.

Gas mileage? Not bad. Between 13 and 19 miles per gallon. But then again, if you’re worried about what you’ll pay at the pump, this probably isn’t the car for you.

And even so, it’s as hard to find as the chupacabra. Audi produced only 333 of the supercars.