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Photos of the BMW i8

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 front view

The face of i: the twin kidneys's width suggests power, while blue highlights suggest efficiency.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 front quarter view

Layered exterior destroys illusion that the skin is more than a skin, hints at underlying structure.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 side view

The "layered" lower body side provides the impression of a severely pinched waist.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 rear quarter view

Flying buttresses visually separated from the rear fenders are the most dramatic exterior detail.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 interior

The dramatic layered theme continues inside. A shame that some key touch points are hard plastic.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 instrument panel full width

Clearly the instrument panel and console of a current BMW, but slimmed down and more artful.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 instrument panel

Everything is close at hand.

BMW i8 Photos: BME i8 center console

Driving mode controls to the left of the joystick-like shifter.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 instruments comfort mode

The right virtual gauge provides an indication of how to drive for optimum efficiency.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 instruments sport mode.

In sport mode the LCD instruments gain a tach, change from blue to red.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 driver seat

The BMW i8's driver seat is buried behind a wide sill. Not a car for the physically unfit.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 back seats

Whoever added the cup holders has a sense of humor. You don't want to spend any time here.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 trunk

The trunk does to luggage what the rear seat does to people.The engine lurks inside that cover.

BMW i8 Photos: BMW i8 powertrain

The gas engine, electric motors, and battery pack fill much of the space inside the i8's skin.