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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

BMW Razes Roof on i8 Spyder, Razor Scooters to Boot


The BMW i8 hybrid isn t set to go on sale until but that hasn t stopped BMW ripping off the roof to create a variant of its conceptual super

The third concept in BMW s new line of i-branded vehicles, the i8 Spyder debut at this month s International Auto Expo the same mix of plug-in hybrid technology as its coupe counterpart.

That means a 223-horsepower, 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline mounted amidships and partnered a 129hp (96kW) electric powering the front wheels. A of driving modes allows the two to work alone or in conjunction, the low-performance, all-electric setting output to the front wheels and up to 19 miles of gas-free motoring. juice is provided by a 7.2 kWh lithium-ion pack spanning the middle of the which BMW claims can be charged in an hour and a half.

Crank the up to maximum performance mode and you get the 354 hp and 406 pound-feet of torque, enough to hit 60 mph in a over 5 seconds. But the Spyder isn t its compromises.

Like other convertibles, the of the roof requires additional to keep the chassis from floppy. That means weight and the potential for dulled In the case of the i8 Spyder, overall is up by some 330 pounds over the requiring an additional half-second to get to 60 but BMW claims that the Spyder s pounds haven t affected its 50:50 front-to-rear weight

While the obvious change is the of the roof rumored to be replaced either a cloth top or duo of carbon panels new front-hinged, upward-swiveling replace the partial glass fitted to the coupe and are much feasible for the real world. those to make it to the coupe as

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

The same goes for the interior, has evolved from a highly cockpit concept to something s teetering on the verge of production-ready.

layers span the interior, the comfort section made up of the and storage areas, while the layer comprises the instrument steering wheel and 8.8-inch, central information display. the center console, which looked like something out of has given way to a more traditional complete with transmission climate controls and BMW s iDrive

Included inside is BMW s latest of its ConnectedDrive infotainment and telematics comprised of a camera-based collision system, parking assistant and the Traffic Jam Assistant, which can brake and steer the i8 when at low speeds in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Another hint the i8 is inching closer to production is the increase in with the overall length in at 4,480mm, a gain of 152mm 6 inches) over the hard-top, width growing by 33mm inches) and height gaining (2.8 inches).

What won t it to production is the pair of Razor-style mounted above the engine bay – hypothetical prong in BMW s multi-modal scheme – but then again, wouldn t be a concept without kind of frivolous design

BMW i8 Concept Spyder
BMW i8 Concept Spyder
BMW i8 Concept Spyder
BMW i8 Concept Spyder
BMW i8 Concept Spyder
BMW i8 Concept Spyder
BMW i8 Concept Spyder

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