BMW’s plug-in hybrid i8 looks like it will feature innovative doors suitable for the avant-garde car, according to spy photos borrowed from our sister publication, AutoGuide.
The main difference looks like hinge placement, which allows the doors to open upwards and twist which should ensure they are fully out of the way upon entering and exiting the vehicle.
Are unusual doors going to be another trend for high-end plug-in cars? As we saw on the Tesla Model X, with its “falcon wing” doors, designers of novel electrified vehicles are departing from tradition in other ways to further distinguish their creations.
As for the i8′s motive power however, it is not all-electric like the Tesla, but merges a 170-horsepower electric motor – sourced from the entry-level i3 – with a 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine turning out 223 horsepower.
It is supposed to be launched in 2013, and the level of completeness evident in this and other spy shots suggest it should be ready on time.