Spied: The 2015 BMW i8

December 29, 2011

It’s nearing the end of the year, so I’m going to hypothetically ’empty my pockets’ here and declare that I find this ‘i8’ hybrid creation from BMW completely and absolutely hideous – always have. Right from its initial unveiling back in 2009 as a styling/futuristic exercise dubbed ‘Vision Efficient Dynamics’ to the latest ‘i’ sub-brand (do we really need more ‘i’ in our marketed lives..?), it has always managed to make me wretch and squirm… and I’m not alone.

Really now... this excites..?

It’s just one of those things I suppose – sometimes certain objects just don’t sit right within your world. As an automotive indicator-of-things-to-come, I’d rather sit through the entire Murder She Wrote DVD library… with nothing but applesauce and spam to ingest over its entire duration… than ingest this.

There. Got that out of the way… now we can move on!

So what we have here for you is both a series of i8 spy-shots and an advertisement for both Brenda Priddy & Company and Car and Driver, it would seem. Gone are the silly see-thru doors from the prototype in aid of proper side-impact protection, yet they still appear to have a swan-door opening procedure about them. Everything else appears to have been smoothed/melted over and (obviously) toned down to ‘production-ready’ levels of accessibility.

To quote Car and Driver who first unveiled these pics  – “Tucked behind the front end is the electric half of the i8’s plug-in hybrid powertrain; it will be fed juice by a long, lithium-polymer battery pack located in what would normally be the transmission tunnel. Together, they should be able to propel the i8 some 20 miles in zero-emissions mode”.

Scheduled for 2015, BMW will at least (hopefully) have some time to sort out that layered-cake roofline, pudgy rear-end and the complete lack of any 3/4 rear-view whatsoever… or not. Nowadays, everyone loves *beeping* back-up sensors splashed across the backside of their cars anyways… Oh, and I’ve saved my final rant for last – STOP CALLING THIS A SUPERCAR…!! IT’S A QUESTIONABLY-STYLED HYBRID COUPE HATCHBACK WITH FLASHY SWAN DOORS..!!

-Blake J.

Spied: The Next-Gen Porsche 911 GT3

December 8, 2011

With the all-new 991-series Porsche 911 barely breaking cover after a recent launch, it seems almost premature to be even thinking about the next hardcore GT3 variant. Yet, the photos published in German magazine Auto Motor and Sport clearly show a new 911 with the GT3 signature big-wing, twin central exhausts and slightly more-aggressive bumpers.

As you’d imagine, any further details would be by mere guess-work at this point in time but count on the next-gen GT3 achieving a nominal gain in power and (hopefully) a further decrease in weight. Industry-talk has also confirmed that the latest electric power steering unit found in the new Carrera will find its way into the next GT3 – that move will undoubtedly cause some controversy amongst the Porsche driving-purists…

The outstanding GT3 RS 4.0 - ending the 997-series 911 with an exquisite, metallic bang

If the incredible last-hurrah GT3 RS 4.0 (pictured) has proven anything, it is that Porsche engineers still know how to chisel-away and fine-tune their most-iconic of sporstcars. No wonder the GT3 cars feel and drive as if they’re hewn from a solid chunk of granite…

See the spy-shots of the next GT3 on the Auto Motor and Sport website here.

The next-gen GT3 will arive in 2013. Can’t wait..!

-Blake J.

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