The BMW i8 Hybrid Was Almost Not So

The new BMW i8 Hybrid concept is a thing of wonder. It not only looks gorgeous—its inner workings are an engineering work of art. As a supercar hybrid, it’s the only vehicle of its kind, and it does so very convincingly. It combines the power of an electric motor with that of a small 1.5-liter three-cylinder combustion engine, and—just with that—somehow manages to pull out a whopping 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque in a car that will do 94 miles to the gallon. How crazy is that? Oh, and it’s made of carbon fiber, which makes for an even more impressive horsepower-to-weight ratio.

But it was almost not so. Originally, BMW hadn’t even intended to make the new BMW i8 hybrid a hybrid car, instead trying out designs that included V10s, V8s, and V6s. At some point, they realized they could go even smaller and decided to upgrade the car from good to downright great.

It’s not out on production just yet, but you can bet we’ll have it at the BMW of Bowling Green dealership as soon as it is. We’re just as excited to get our hands on it as you are.

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