Videos: BMW i8 Spyder

Videos | April 3rd, 2012 by 9
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At the upcoming Beijing Motor Show, BMW will debut the all-new i8 Spyder. The twin-brother of the i8 made its web debut this past weekend …

At the upcoming Beijing Motor Show, BMW will debut the all-new i8 Spyder. The twin-brother of the i8 made its web debut this past weekend and the reviews have been nothing short of positive.

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.

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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.

The i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an eDrive drivetrain combining a high-performance electric motor and an internal combustion 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. Together, the car’s minimized weight, low center of gravity and finely judged balance, coupled with a combined system output of 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.

Compared with the Coupe variant of the BMW i8 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder has a slightly shorter wheelbase and overall length, but what makes the Spyder special is the open air driving experience.

Just the Facts

  • 3 Driving modes: electric, petrol, combination of the two
  • 3-cylinder 1.5 liter petrol engine – 164kw
  • electric motor – 96kw
  • 3 liter per 100 km / 78 MPG (US)
  • 0 -100 km/h (62 mph) – 5.0 sec
  • Top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
  • Weight: 1,630 kg – 3,600 lbs
  • Battery Charge Time – 1.45 hrs
  • Luggage storage – 100 liters

Now let’s have a look at the first footage of the BMW i8 Spyder during a photoshoot in Miami, Florida.

9 responses to “Videos: BMW i8 Spyder”

  1. Malosmani92 says:

    i love the design but its still to futuristic.. Engine wise it is way to underpowered to be a supercar.. it only has 160hp and the whole 355hp is just a big sell off.. You get those additional 190 hp for what 15 seconds ? thats just stupid.. They should put at least the 2.0 twinpower turbo with 240 and ideally the N55 with 326.. I love bmw but somehow they always make stupid decisions like deciding not to build a proper R8 compettitor. Finally, what was the wierd sound ???? that was like i dont know.. a robot ?… Put the N55….. it would still be 10x more economical and efficient than an R8

  2. JohnCBriggs says:

    Well done BMW.  I sure the acceleration will be brisk and the sound is fine (probably imperceptible in real life)  and better than the noisy vehicles you make now :)

  3. Alejcr85 says:

    I really don’t think this car its consider too futuristic, it the way BMW need to focus on future cars, green, powerful, beautiful design, marvel interior everything what a BMW should be.    

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