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BMW i8 Drifts The Ice

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On: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:55PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW i8 Drifts The Ice

Ever since it debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW i8 (aka Vision EfficientDynamics) has evoked a certain sense of Old Man winter. The icy glare of the blue kidney grille, the glass cabin, and the ice-blue accents throughout, the car is a virtual iceberg on four wheels. And even though it's been gradually restyled as it pushes toward production, it continues to exude a strong sense of snow and ice.

So, it's with great pleasure that we present a video of the i8 doing some ice testing. The car is finally in its element and it looks more than at home.

The video is spy footage taken in Scandinavia, where the 2013 i8 was doing some cold-weather testing. And lest you think that it's official BMW footage, just jump to 1:42, where you'll see the test driver writing his name in the snow. Clearly, this was an uninvited filmer peeping in on BMW's testing, though the chap isn't particularly bashful; he whips it out in the middle of an open, snowy field with a highway in the background. And he doesn't even duck behind the i8.

As for the car, it seems highly capable of controlled sliding and acceleration on ice. And it just looks so right driving on the frozen Arctic lake. It's joined by other BMW group cars, but it's the clear star of the show.

The i8 will become the flagship of the newly launched i brand. It is expected to feature a combination of a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor that puts out around 300 horses. Recent indications are that BMW may also offer a diesel-electric version similar to the original Vision EfficientDynamics.

The i8 will debut in 2013 and is expected to be priced around $250K. Enjoy the nice, 8-minute glimpse of the prototype below.


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