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BMW i8 Spyder Concept coming to L.A. Auto Show

Concepts | August 29th, 2012 by 6
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BMWBLOG has learned that BMW plans to bring the i8 Spyder Concept at the 2012 LA Auto Show. The twin-brother of the i8 Coupe made …

BMWBLOG has learned that BMW plans to bring the i8 Spyder Concept at the 2012 LA Auto Show. The twin-brother of the i8 Coupe made its debut earlier this year and is rumored to go in production in 2015.

The Spyder Concept is a 2 seater, open top variant with the same architecture but with a lot more curb appeal. Among the most eye-catching features of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder are the upward-swivelling, windowless doors.

The i8 Spyder uses the same LifeDrive architecture as the i8, a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) Life module that gives the car an extremely lightweight passenger cell.

BMW i8 Spyder Concept coming to L.A. Auto Show

The i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an eDrive drivetrain combining a high-performance electric motor and a 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine. The lithium-ion battery supplying the motor with power can be recharged in an extremely short space of time from any domestic power socket. The Spyder outputs up to 354 horsepower.

Weighing just 3,600 lbs, the i8 Spyder runs to 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The fuel consumption is rated at 3 liter per 100 km or 78 MPG. The Concept weighs 1,630 kg (3,600 lbs).

Stay tuned from live coverage from LA show in November!

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  • Rob Krebs

    Excited to hear that the i8 Spyder concept will be at the LA Auto Show – thanks for sharing, Hortiu Boeriu! Sounds like this vehicle will be fast, safe, and efficient thanks to strong, lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Though once thought to be too expensive, new developments like the ability to “process model” long GLASS fiber in Moldflow – the precursor to similar processes now being researched by the DOE for carbon fiber injection molded plastics of the future – are allowing for quick and inexpensive carbon fiber mass production in the near future. This means even more lightweight structural parts and larger volume mass production models, without the longer cycle-times in production!
    For more on carbon fiber car parts, visit: http://www.facebook.com/plasticcar and http://www.plastics-car.com/Resources/Resource-Library/Long-Glass-Fiber-Molding.html
    Rob Krebs, Market Innovations, American Chemistry Council

  • sammy

    The i8 is a brilliant car and if produced and sold, could put BMW back to the undisputed pole position and cars like the R8 and more will be dust bin material. The i8 debutted 4 years ago after initial development, yet today its still a concept. Come on BMW cant you see how much business and potential income you are losing. You would have made enough millions already to recover your costs on this project. And please this three cylinder nonsense is not what you want to use to launch a super car. Four cylinder is bad enough but as an Engineer myself and going green I would use the four banger pumped up with emmission reduction and all the output boosters, work on a good exhaust to produce descent music and sell this potential money maker. This three cylinder still has a lot to prove as a power plant and can be introduced later as an engine variant. BMW enough of this car as a concept and tell you what all competitors are copying the layered skin concept and you will cry when the idea is sold by Audi or Kia before you realise.

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