Rumor: BMW i8 Spyder approved for production

BMW i, Rumors | December 4th, 2015 by 9
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In 2012, BMW debuted the i8 Spyder Concept, an open-top progressive hybrid sportscar based on the two-door i8. While BMW has been toying with the …

In 2012, BMW debuted the i8 Spyder Concept, an open-top progressive hybrid sportscar based on the two-door i8. While BMW has been toying with the idea of a production i8 Spyder, the final approval has been delayed several times. Now, according to German newspaper Handelsblatt, BMW CEO Harald Kr眉ger has reportedly confirmed the i8 Spyder is finally headed for production.

Kr眉ger was tight-lipped on specifics, but hinted that it will arrive in the near future.

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We recently discussed why an i8 Spyder would be such an attractive and desirable car, with a design that will be slightly updated compared to the concept version. This third BMW i model embodies the future of cutting-edge and emotionally appealing mobility concepts. Its sporting design headlines the qualities of an open-top two-seater blending lightness, dynamic capability and efficiency with a very special aesthetic allure.

The i8’s plug-in hybrid powertrain will likely carryover, while getting an updated battery pack and a potential increase in power. The current i8 makes 360 horsepower and hits 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of聽 250 km/h (155 mph).


9 responses to “Rumor: BMW i8 Spyder approved for production”

  1. Senne says:

    Let’s hope it’s for real! An i8 Spyder would be awesome!!

  2. CDspeed says:

    While I’d still prefer a fully electric car, an open top i8 would be very tempting, I hope they build it馃憤馃徏.

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  4. Peder Norby says:

    Let the speculation begin!

    As a BMW i8 owner, here are a few things that I can see happening.

    1. Basic architecture stays the same.
    2. Battery density improves 50% going from the 60Ah to the 94Ah cell in the same format. This will take the electric only range from 15 to 23 miles.
    3. No rear seats so, either more luggage room or more engine, or a mixture of both.

    As a 100th anniversary car, I would offer a guess of a six cylinder 400hp paired with a more powerful version of the same electric motor (going from 135hp to 175hp like the BMW i3) This is possible due to the higher capacity battery. That would be a 575 hp legit supercar.

    It might be a lesser version, same 3 cylinder engine, more luggage space and improved electric motor and longer 23 mile battery. However this seems to me to be a pretty weak effort for a 100 years standard bearer vehicle.

    I’m hoping for the more powerful version :)

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