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      05-31-2016, 01:14 PM   #1
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This BMW i8 has just been spotted running the streets of Munich. Could it be the rumored i8S performance model? Certain features seen on this car points to a higher performance version.

The most conspicuous new part is the rear hatch glass with cooling vents. In addition to the already existing vents flanking the back glass, these new cooling vents would help cool a higher performance engine. The glass has been blacked out presumably to hide whatever upgraded engine may lie beneath, which has been rumored to be anything between a twin turbo 320hp 2.0L DI 4-cylinder paired with 204hp electric motor, to a 480hp turbo 3.0L 6-cylinder paired with 109 hp electric motor. In sum, it's anyone's guess at this point.

The car wears wider tires, new wheels, and new brakes - an AP Racing competition braking system with vented rotors.

Also new is a small aero lip affixed to the leading edge of the hood vent.

Will we possibly see an i8S model be introduced with the i8's mid-cycle refresh sometime next year? We shall see...

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      05-31-2016, 01:56 PM   #2
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Saw this earlier...although i have no love for the i8 at all, if this indeed packs this in line 6, which i doubt, it would be a considerable power upgrade. That coupled with aero upgrades and wider tyres, could lead into something pretty interesting.
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      05-31-2016, 03:23 PM   #3
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This could be good!!

Those brakes are def hinting at something!
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AP Racing brakes and no measurement equipment on the interior. Could this be a speed shop car and not a BMW Test Vehicle
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A performance i8 model would be pretty amazing. I really doubt BMW would flaunt an uncamouflaged model of its cutting edge tech car though. The wheels and brakes could easily be this guy's aftermarket upgrades. The rear glass is really interesting tho... Time will tell I guess, bring on an i8S or whatever!
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      05-31-2016, 03:42 PM   #6
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FINALLY

Let's hope this is the second in a line of i8 models getting progressively more power like the super sports / supercars that are near its price segment
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I think this is just a consumer car with aftermarket parts. BMW definitely keep the car under wraps
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I'll laugh if this is just some guy who modded his i8
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AP Racing brakes and no measurement equipment on the interior. Could this be a speed shop car and not a BMW Test Vehicle
Yeah, I think that's exactly what it is.

No way BMW is putting brakes branded AP Racing on the i8. Look at the M-line. Everything is M-Performance branded. I'm not even sure we've ever seen a test mule with a third-party branded brake product.
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You need bigger brake system to handle like 500-600hp. I think it's a regular i8 modified by the owner.
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Yeah, I think that's exactly what it is.

No way BMW is putting brakes branded AP Racing on the i8. Look at the M-line. Everything is M-Performance branded. I'm not even sure we've ever seen a test mule with a third-party branded brake product.
This, no way is this a spy shot of an i8s. Front page news!
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AP Racing brakes and no measurement equipment on the interior. Could this be a speed shop car and not a BMW Test Vehicle
We need to see the plate to confirm its an AG car.
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Saw this earlier...although i have no love for the i8 at all, if this indeed packs this in line 6, which i doubt, it would be a considerable power upgrade. That coupled with aero upgrades and wider tyres, could lead into something pretty interesting.
i8s will not get a six cylinder.
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Wouldn't come with AP Racing brakes
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So which one is it?
Some dude's modified car or a test car?
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They should just drop the electrics and make this a CE supercar
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They should just drop the electrics and make this a CE supercar
It is not conceived that way.
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It would be neat if this was the Gabura Racing Technologies V8 swap. Although unlikely, I can dream.
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Weird...I think we need to see the plates on this i8. There is no camouflage whatsoever. This is not the typical BMW test mule...

Update: just found that when searching for the rims: http://www.bmwmotorshowblog.com/en/b...car-formula-e/



Looks like they 'stole' the brakes, rims, spoiler and engine glass cover from the i8 Formula E safety car!
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Well, let's really hope so
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They should just drop the electrics and make this a CE supercar
It is not conceived that way.
How about a part hybrid mated to an S55 w a dct and M chassis? An easier formula for a supercar could not be conceived.
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i8s will not get a six cylinder.
Well there we have it!
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