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TMR Team | Aug, 05 2013 | 0 Comments

If BMW's new i3 electric hatch didn't get your heart racing, its sleek coupe twin just might. And, with a Frankfurt Motor Show debut now confirmed, you'll know soon enough.

The i8 concept was unveiled alongside the i3 back in 2011, but BMW has elected to split the production unveilings into two separate events.

The i3 finally made its debut last month in London, New York and Beijing, and its the carmaker's home turf that will host the fast i8 coupe's unveiling.

BMW has yet to confirm the i8's production specification, but if the i3's debut offers a hint, the coupe's production details won't differ wildly from the original showcar.

As a concept, the i8 is powered by a plug-in hybrid arrangement that pairs a 164kW/300Nm turbocharged 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol engine with a 96kW/250Nm electric motor.

The combined system can power the front or rear wheels alone, or turn both pairs for all-wheel-drive grip. BMW also promises a 50/50 weight distribution, and a 0-100km/h sprint time below five seconds.

Green running is the key to the i8's development though, and BMW claims the i8 concept lists fuel consumption at less than 3.0 l/100km on the combined cycle.

The i8's debut in Frankfurt will be joined by the launch of a special figure-eight test track right there on BMW's display stand.

Visitors likely won't get to experience the i8 on the day, but BMW has confirmed the i3 EV will be available for tests on the track.

Unveiled at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show: Audi A3 Cabrio | Audi A8 update | Audi Sport Quattro concept | Audi Nanuk Quattro | BMW i8 | BMW X5 eDrive | Citroen Cactus | Ferrari 458 Speciale | Ford S-Max | Formula E race car | Honda Civic Tourer | Honda Civic Type R details | Infiniti Q30 | Jaguar C-X17 | Kia Niro | Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse | Lexus LF-NX | Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Racing | Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe | Mercedes-Benz GLA | Nissan X-Trail | Opel Monza | Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE | Peugeot 308 R | Peugeot 3008 and 5008 updates | Porsche 918 Spyder | Renault Initiale Paris | Skoda Yeti update | Skoda Rapid Spaceback | Suzuki iV-4 | Toyota Yaris Hybrid R | Volkswagen e-Golf | Volkswagen Golf R | Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan | Volvo Coupe Concept

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