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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

BMW i8 spyder revealed ahead of its at Beijing motor show

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BMW has another preproduction concept of its carbon-fiber-intensive i8 —this time as a that presages an open-top of the lightweight gasoline-electric hybrid car that is planned to follow its sibling into showrooms in

Set to get its first public airing at the motor show in late the i8 spyder follows the initial EfficientDynamics concept wheeled out at the Frankfurt motor show and the i8 concept that—together with the and more affordable i3 hatchback the arrival of the BMW i brand at the 2011 motor show.

Along previewing plans for an open-top of the forward-thinking i8, BMW’s latest is also claimed to provide clues to the actual appearance its sports car will take production next year.

As with all future BMW i subbrand the i8 is based around a lightweight plastic structure clothed in panels of the same material. width and height are put at 175.2 75.7 inches and 47.7 respectively.

While sharing the distinctive front-end look as the with a signature kidney that was blanked off to improve aerodynamic efficiency and elements of latest layered surfacing treatment—the i8 spyder gets a windshield and prominent rollover covered by body panels at the of the cabin to give it its own visual

There is no clear hint as to the new car will receive a targa-style roof panel, a folding or a fabric hood in production

Gone are the flamboyant, transparent sides and doors that the i8 coupe concept. They are by more conventional panels and latter supporting sloping windows that integrate smaller, fixed rear-quarter panels. The body-side treatment the doors, however, remains the hinting that it will be on the production car.

The rear was modified, with a flat bay the engine enclosed in a transparent It acts as a trunk, offering a but shallow stowage space is occupied by a newly developed BMW scooter on the concept car bound for

Inside, the snug 2+2 layout of the i8 was ditched in favor of a purer arrangement, with the rear moved forward to provide space for the engine at the rear of the With a 104.3-inch wheelbase, accommodation is described as generous.

The heart of the i8 spyder is the same gasoline-electric hybrid system by the i8 coupe. It is based around a turbocharged 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine that sends up to 223 hp to the wheels.


The same aluminum engine, which boasts customary 500-cc individual capacity to allow it to be produced the company’s existing four- and powerplants, is planned to be offered in Mini models and a new front-wheel-drive, BMW model, albeit in a milder of tune.

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

In the i8 spyder, the combustion is supported by a 131-hp electric mounted up front within the assembly, where it provides to the front wheels via a fixed-ratio Both the engine and the motor are as in-house BMW developments and have tuned to deliver a total output of 354 hp, together with 406 of torque.

Being a full hybrid, the i8 is capable of running on gasoline or power, or a combination of the two. It is capable of running in front-, or four-wheel drive, depending on power source is in use. for the gasoline engine is stored in a just behind the rear while energy for the electric is provided by a lithium-ion battery wholly within the center position that BMW says its latest concept a 50:50 weight distribution along a comparatively low center of gravity.

The recharge time for the battery is 105 using a high-voltage system, to BMW. A range-extending function uses the gasoline engine to charge to an alternator when levels become depleted allows the i8 spyder to generate its own energy on the run. A recuperation is also included to collect energy produced under and on a trailing throttle.

With a claimed 3,954-pound BMW says its computer simulations put the i8 0-to-62-mph time at 5.0 seconds.

firm to earlier claims for the i8 coupe, the company also that it will be able to combined-cycle consumption of up to 78.3 mpg on the existing European cycle—run entirely in electric mode to advantage of loopholes in the procedure. In mode, it has a zero-emission range of 17 and 19 miles depending on ambient and the topography of the road.

Set to be produced at Leipzig factory in Germany the third quarter of 2014 the i8 spyder is destined to follow the i8 to showrooms in 2014.

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