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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Beijing motor show BMW i8 Spyder

23 April 2012

open-top BMW i8 Spyder concept be turned into a production of the petrol-electric hybrid supercar in BMW sources have told

The i8 Spyder is the third pre-production of the revolutionary 90mpg-plus, 155mph It’s received its first airing at the Beijing motor today.

This concept is to give extra clues to the coupé, which is due to go on sale in 2014. Of note are the solid which replace the transparent of the previous concepts.

There are other subtle from the two previous concepts. The grille is blanked off to cut aerodynamic and the ‘layered surfacing’ styling has evolved slightly.

With its design, the i8 Spyder has a new, windscreen and conventional door that integrates with rear three-quarter side

To provide roll-over protection and chassis stiffness, there are safety hoops, faired-in by panels, at the rear of the cabin.

Although this concept the design of the roof unclear, BMW suggest that a removable probably fashioned from is the favoured solution.

The rear end has been modified, with a transparent engine cover in of the sloping coupé roofline. It as the luggage cover, over a but shallow stowage space.

As all future BMW ‘i’ sub-brand models, the is based around a lightweight plastic structure clothed in panels of the same material. It is long, 1922mm wide and tall. That makes it shorter, 142mm wider and lower than a 335i

Gallery: BMW i8 Spyder concept

The 2+2 layout of the i8 coupé has been for a pure two-seat cabin, the rear bulkhead moved to provide added space for the With a 2650mm wheelbase, is described as “generous”.

The i8 Spyder has the plug-in petrol-electric hybrid used by the i8 coupé. The 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine is and delivers up to 220bhp to the rear The same engine will be in future Minis and a new front-wheel-drive BMW.

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

In the i8 Spyder, the 1.5-litre petrol is mated to a front-mounted 129bhp motor driving the front via a fixed-ratio gearbox.

The i8 powertrain can on petrol or electric power, or a of the two and in either front, rear or drive. A range-extender function the battery on the move.

Gallery: BMW i8 concept

Together the petrol and motors make 349bhp and ft of torque.Computer simulations suggest the i8 Spyder’s 0-62mph will be with 50-75mph in 4.0sec. Top limited at 155mph.

BMW is holding firm to claims a combined 94mpg is possible, with an all-electric range of up to 19

With the lithium ion battery within the centre tunnel and the tank behind the rear BMW is claiming 50:50 weight

Technical details of the battery secret, although BMW reports a 1hr recharge using a high-voltage A recuperation system is also to collect kinetic energy under braking and on a trailing

Pricing is likely to be in the region of

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