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by David Zalstein

The first images of the BMW i8 in full production car guise have been leaked just days before its official debut at the Frankfurt motor show.

Coming a day after BMW officially released a shadowy 30-second teaser clip revealing elements of the plug-in hybrid sports car, three official-looking images, first published by Autoblog Deutschland, have hit the net.

In profile, the BMW i8’s sleek lines, front-hinged scissor doors and LED tail-lights are joined by a thick side skirt highlighted by a blue strip.

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Inside we see a cabin not far removed from BMW’s current crop of luxury cars with a three-spoke steering wheel, digital interment cluster and a dash-mounted display screen linked to the petrol-electric model’s iDrive infotainment system.

The final image shows the i8’s underpinnings and powerplant, the latter comprising a 170kW/320Nm turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a 96kW/250Nm electric motor for a combined system output of 266kW and 570Nm.

Promising 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds or less, the BMW i8 will be unveiled in full in Frankfurt on September 10.

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