A BimmerPost forum member managed to take a few photos of a production BMW i8 scale model, ahead of the car's public debut scheduled for September at IAA.

A BimmerPost forum member managed to take a few photos of a production BMW i8 scale model, ahead of the car's public debut scheduled for September at IAA.

After seeing these photos we realized BMW took a lot of the styling cues from the 2008 M1 Homage. The production-ready i8 will feature the company's traditional Hofmeister kink and dare we say will look better in this monochromatic finish compared to the black/silver paint with blue accents seen on the concept.

The production version will make use of a 3-cylinder, 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine generating 231 HP (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. It will be backed by an electric motor providing an additional 131 HP (96 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm). The conventional engine is going to power the rear axle while the electric motor will drive the front wheels.

These two powertrains can run independently or at the same time for a combined output of 362 HP (266 kW) and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm) of torque. In this configuration, the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar will need less than 4.5 seconds from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) and will be able to hit an electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

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BMW i8 previewed through scale model