Mat Irvine: However, there is a proviso in that once the model is completed you can’t see them. The front bonnet doesn’t lift, and although the rear hatch does so, the petrol engine is hidden under another cover. Looking underneath doesn’t help either, as there is a complete full-length body pan. But still it’s nice to know they are there.
Side panel of box (below) includes reference closeups of the assembled and finished kit.
Revell supplies four floorpan components, and two separate ‘spoilers’ that fit either side of the rear hatch. The doors are separate parts too. In the real car, they swing upward to open, though with the kit you have to decide whether to display them up or down.
Some complex masking is required (below) if you decide to go for a two-tone finish.
About the real thing
The BMW i8 is a hybrid vehicle, powered by a twin-turbo, three-cylinder 1.5 litre petrol engine at the rear of the car. This drives the rear wheels, while the front wheels are powered by a 96 kw/131 bhp electric motor. Seen in the metal, the car looks a lot more unusual than it seems here. Parked next to other cars, it looks like a science-fiction machine that’s travelled back in time from the future. Track pic (below) courtesy Edvvc from London, UK.
Overall, this is not an easy or straightforward kit to build. But at the end, your effort will result in a model of a unique vehicle, and one that will be well worth adding to the display shelf.
Revell Germany BMW i8
Assembled length: 190 mm (7.5 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 07008
Thanks to Revell Germany for the review kit.