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by Tim Beissmann

The BMW i8 has been caught undergoing winter testing over the weekend, giving us an intimate look at rolling footage of the German brand’s first ever hybrid supercar.

The diesel unit will be replaced by a petrol engine in the production model, however, as BMW seeks to make it more relevant to markets outside Europe. The powertrain change is likely to have a negative impact on range and efficiency, but could potentially lead to enhanced performance. Details of the petrol engine are scarce at this stage.

The BMW i8 will be built at the brand’s Leipzig plant in Germany. It will launch shortly after the i3 city car, which debuts in 2013.