If we wanted to, we could post something new and exciting about the forthcoming BMW i8 every day until it’s released. Because BMW has so many other great cars for us to cover, we’re going to try and limit our i8 news to one post a week, starting with this great video series, the BMW i8 in Detail.
Today we’ll marvel at the i8’s brilliant design. When you first heard about BMW’s plans to make a hybrid-electric sports car, you were probably skeptical like the fan in the beginning of the video. Hybrids are all about practicality and conservatism.
The i8 is both of those, but the design is anything but. With a long wheel base, short overhangs, and a striking silhouette, it’s built to evoke power, even when standing still. The twin kidney grille cues you into the rich BMW tradition, while the layering of lines, colors, and paneling gives you a glimpse of what cars will look like in the future.
Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the i8 are its scissor doors. They don’t have a visible door handle, and when opened, they fold up on an axis, ensuring you won’t hit the car you’re parked next to or the garage ceiling.