Earlier this year, Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, confirmed that the BMW i8 Spyder will arrive in 2018. Fast forward a few months later and the first i8 Spyder prototypes were spotted on the Nurburgring doing some hot laps. Today, we’re getting a new look at another i8 Spyder test mule tearing up the famous track.
Continue Reading Below
The open-top i8 will be built under the codename I15 and it’s rumored to embody the future of cutting-edge and emotionally appealing mobility concepts. Just like the “regular” i8, the two-seater roadster blends 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 250 km/h (155 mph).
Despite previous rumors, the i8 Spyder will not debut this year, but the expectations are that the launch date will be in 2017.