Sneaky spy shots of BMW's carbon-fiber hybrid car have surfaced from Scandinavia's icy plains, showing a lean profile and superb handling in tough conditions. That'll come in handy for Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible character, who is due to drive it in The Ghost Protocol.

While the i8 won't hit showrooms until 2013, it's said BMW has foregone the diesel and will use gasoline—as well as running on electric power. CNET has said it's based on BMW's Vision EfficientDynamics concept car, which weighs 1,395kg and has a fuel economy of 75.1mpg and 356hp total power. It's said to be able to zoom from 0 to 100km/hr in just five seconds, and has a top speed of 248km/hr.


As for the price, well...expect somewhere in the region of $242,600. [BimmerPost via Car Magazine and The Reg]