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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

BMW i8 Concept Spyder revealed

BMW has a new open-top Spyder version of its plug-in hybrid i8 Concept prior to its full reveal at the Motor Show on 23 April.

BMW has a new open-top Spyder version of its plug-in hybrid i8 Concept prior to its full reveal at the Motor Show on 23 April.

The new is said to hint at a production car to the futuristic new BMW i8 Coupe that’s due to go on in 2014.

The BMW i8 Concept Spyder has a open cockpit design features upward-swiveling windowless These pivot around the and are even more dramatic the similar doors seen on the i8 Coupe.

The concept car’s wraparound aerofoil windows are striking and although they’re to make production, expect a design for the regular fully-opening


Smartly, there is a small lip on the top of the windscreen, which directs over the heads of passengers, BMW has yet to reveal how the roof itself other than saying it be a two-piece folding-section design: some form of targa-style panel.

In another variation the Coupe, there is a flowing panel containing a clear section at the rear (which, in the model, bizarrely carries two scooter-style kickboards). There’s a rear diffuser, 3D air outlets and rear lights. The rear end is more detailed and complex the Coupe.

Production reality?

The itself provides clearer to the look of the production car: the i8 Coupe’s translucent side are gone, replaced by regular sections, while the rear is also simpler and more The A-pillars are more conventional and the themselves are much thicker, ample side impact has been built in.

These details also BMW fully intends to put the i8 Concept into production.

BMW’s design theme remains, something particularly apparent the side thanks to the wedge-shape skirts. This is a key part of the i language to be used by all models in the i sub-brand.

The new Spyder is slightly than the Coupe and, has a marginally shorter wheelbase. engineering detail suggests the i8 Modular LifeDrive platform is and adaptable — indicating it may be for BMW to launch further variants from these underpinnings in the

As in the i8 Concept Coupe, the i8 Concept is constructed from an all-new mix of reinforced plastic ‘Life’ top this comprises the bodywork and section, and is mounted atop an ‘Drive’ lower half contains the mechanicals.

Powering the BMW i8 Spyder is a 96kW electric a battery pack and a 164kW turbo petrol engine. all work in a plug-in hybrid the batteries can be plugged into the and carry enough charge for a range on electric power

Two-hour recharge

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Charging the which are located in the car’s tunnel (ensuring the centre of is low and central, aiding handling and BMW’s famous principal of weight distribution), takes than two hours. When run low, the petrol engine over.

Overall, the drivetrain produces an 260kW and maximum torque of Performance is thus impressive: to the lightweight design and advanced the BMW i8 Concept Spyder can hit 100km/h rest in 5.0 seconds and go on to a (restricted) top speed.

Despite this pace, BMW claims an overall economy of 3.0L/100km on the combined cycle — and, of if the journey is 30km or less, litres per 100km.

Handling impress as power can be sent the front wheels (via the motor), rear wheels the petrol engine) or both giving four-wheel drive This is all controlled electronically: is displayed on a display screen.

The of the i8 Concept Spyder is near-identical to the but is trimmed in new colours and materials to says BMW, an extra of sportiness. There are also changes to the centre console.

Two large display screens the interior. The instrument panel shows driving data in new forms, based around a ellipse design.

The central displays hybrid drive status, navigation information and connectivity functions so the car can communicate the outside world.

This is a new technology BMW is eager to be at the forefront of: in the i8 Concept Spyder include station finder and dynamic guidance that chooses the economical route based on traffic info. It can even drivers to parking lots available spaces, using feeds from the car parks

The sat nav also optimises the drivetrain to live traffic data: if it a jam, it will switch to power alone, for zero travel.

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