What? BMW decided to build a shooting brake version of the i8? Not quite, but if they would, it should definitely look like that!
In fact, this is only a photoshop render of the RainPrisk artist. But let’s admit it looks divine! Besides the completely redesigned rear, the Shooting Brake i8 comes with almost the same design of the coupe, from the front end to the B-pillar. The differences are at the wider wheel arches, which now look more aggressive, painted in matte black. To match them, a completely redesigned set of wheels, with seven double spokes has been fitted. They share the same black color with the wheel arches, side skirts and front lip, but they’re shiny to contrast with the matte finish of the rest of elements. The suspension has been lowered, offering an even more aggressive stance.
If we would have to dream, and we love to, this would be the perfect competition for the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, while still maintaining excellent fuel efficiency. For this, it should be helped by the retuned 740e iPerformance powertrain. We’re talking about a 2-liter turbo engine offering 258 hp (that could easily be upgraded to 300 hp) and a 68 hp electric motor, which could be replaced with the one from the i8, capable of 131 hp. Think how fast could the 1.5 tones i8 accelerate, if the original hybrid system is able to take the 2 tones of the 7 series to 100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds! Maybe the BMW engineers hear us and this dream could become reality.
Until then, we’ll have to stick to the original i8 powertrain, the first plug-in built by BMW, which is also a masterpiece. Featuring a 1.5 liter TwinPower Turbo, three cylinder engine capable of 231 hp, and an electric motor developing 131 hp, it helps the car accelerate to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds, reaching 250 km/h.