Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: BMW i8 image

The final production version of the BMW i8 has been officially presented to the public during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, in a world premiere.

One of the most awaited cars of the year is the impressive i8, signed by BMW. The model in question managed to attract a lot of curious eyes, with its 2+2 configuration and plug-in hybrid powertrain. The BMW i8 is powered by a 1.5 liter three-cylinder gasoline TwinPower Turbo engine and an electric motor. The internal combustion unit is producing 231 HP (170 kW) and 320 Nm of torque (236 lb-ft), sent to the rear-wheel drive through a six-speed automatic transmission.

The electric motor is providing an extra 131 HP (96 kW), which are transferred to the front wheels through a two-stage automatic gearbox. There is also a 5 kWh lithium-ion battery. The total output produced by the powertrain stands at 362 HP (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque (420 lb-ft). This is enough for a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) made in 4.4 seconds. The average fuel consumption stands at just 2.5 liters / 100 km (113 mpg UK / 94 mpg US). The total electric range stands at 35 km (22 miles) and top speed in full electric range is 120 km/h (75 mph) and the combined range stands at more than 500 km (310 miles).

The BMW i8 can be fitted with a rearview camera, Surround View, Head-Up Display, speed limit info with No Passing Info display, Collision Warning with pedestrian recognition, high beam assist and much more. Standard wheels are 20-inch in size but these can be replaced by lightweight carbon rims. Additional details on the model, including its price list, will be announced close to its launch. Meanwhile you can check out the photo gallery brought LIVE from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, with the model.