The Frankfurt show sees the unveil of the BMW i8. This is not another endless teaser, it’s coming in April, at about £95,000. And it’s claimed to have on-road performance to match an M3 or base 911.
BMW design chief Adrian van Hooydonk says the two-colour scheme emphasises the light weight and shows off the way the air flows. The body uses layered panels, which guide slices of air across the wheels, over the tail and through the radiators. He’s convinced that they managed to do all that without needing a moving spoiler. “The brand is about efficiency, so we avoided that mechanism.”