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BMW i8 Spyder – Rendering

Rumors | September 14th, 2013 by 0
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The new 2014 BMW i8 has just made its official debut, but sources close to the brand indicate that a second i8 model will follow …

The new 2014 BMW i8 has just made its official debut, but sources close to the brand indicate that a second i8 model will follow next year. The BMW i8 Spyder was also previewed in concept form back in 2012 and the 2 seater, open top variant seems to have 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, while the Drive modules – made primarily from aluminum components – bring together all the car’s operational driving functions, such as the powertrain, chassis and safety structure.

It uses the same hybrid setup as the “regular” i8: a 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology is combined with an electric drive system and a lithium-ion battery which can be recharged at a standard household power socket. The 231 hp (170 kW) gasoline engine sends its power to the rear wheels, while the 131 hp (96 kW) electric motor powers the front wheels.

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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.

With the i8 costing around $135,000, the BMW i8 Spyder will most likely be priced near the $150,000 mark.

Here are some renderings of the BMW i8 Spyder.

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[Photos: Theophiluschin]

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