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The German based automaker BMW is planning to launch the production version of the i8 in 2014, and the model’s output is expected to exceed the pre-production concept.

Even if the car manufacturer is currently keeping its i8 in the shadows, working on it, testing it and constantly developing it, the model is highlighted once again, this time by the guys at Car Magazine, who are announcing that the production version of the BMW i8 will hit the market in 2014. According to our source, the BMW i8’s output is expected to exceed the pre-production concept which was officially presented to the public last year in September, at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The production version of the BMW i8 is expected to come with a hybrid powertrain too, which will develop a total output of 393 horsepower, and the electric motor will be responsible for 170 HP, while the rest will come from a newly developed 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged unit. The combined peak torque will be 550 Nm and the powertrain will be mated to a four-speed transmission system, while other versions in the “i” range are expected to come with a single-speed transmission. Prices for the BMW i8 will start at just over 100,000 euros and the company expects to sell around 10,000 units.