Bmw unveiled today the i8 Concept Spyder, the open-top version of the i8 Concept, featuring windowless doors and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment such as an electric kickboards stowed under a transparent tailgate. The new hybrid convertible is powered by a 96 kW (131 hp) electric motor on the front axle that works in tandem with a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 164 kW (223 hp) through the rear wheels.
The total output delivered by the Bmw i8 Concept Spyder 260 kW (354 hp) and peak torque of 550 Newton metres. With these numbers, the i8 Concept Spyder is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
Despite the performances of a sports car, the i8 Concept Spyder has a fuel consumption of just three litres of petrol per 100 kilometres (equivalent to fuel economy of 94 mpg imp) in the European test cycle. With its battery fully charged, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder can cover up to 30 kilometres (19 miles) on electric power alone.
The car also features a lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from a domestic power socket in less than two hours. In order to keep the car’s centre of gravity as low as possible the lithium-ion battery us located in the energy tunnel between the front and rear axle modules.
Comparing it with the i8 Coupe Concept, the Bmw i8 Spyder Concept features a slightly shorter wheelbase and overall length. The interior features a revised material and colour concept and just like the coupe, the vehicle is built around the innovative LifeDrive architecture, a fusion of independent functional units.
BMW is introducing the second variant of its i8 Concept car barely a year after it unveiled its original 2+2-seater innovative hybrid sports car. The new hybrid sports car variant, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder, was designed to offer a purpose-oriented and compelling mobility. And just like its Coupe sibling, the i8 Concept Spyder combines leading drivetrain technology, eDrive, with intelligent lightweight design. Its open-top 2-seater configuration delivers a more intense driving experience. Moreover, the i8 Concept Spyder boasts outstanding performance potential going hand-in-hand with exceptionally low emissions and fuel consumption level.
Compared with the Coupe model, the i8 Concept Spyder features a slightly shorter wheelbase as well as overall length. It has a distinctive exterior paintwork as well as compact dimensions, exuding a sense of dynamism. Its striking design features include doors that are windowless and upward-swiveling, as well as a transparent rear glass panel.
Stowed underneath this cover are two electric kickboards, offering a visual showcase paired with the fun mobility factor, and adding yet another layer to the i8 Concept Spyder’s recreational appeal. Meanwhile, inside the car is a revised color and material scheme that provides an added dose of sportiness. And like the Coupe, the car with eDrive is one high-performing plug-in hybrid, fusing together the particular advantages of an electric motor plus combustion engine for optimum effect. The upshot is exceptional efficiency plus dynamic capability.
Additionally, the i8 Concept Spyder, just like the Coupe, was built around the LifeDrive architecture, which is an innovative combination of independent functional units. The carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic Life module, for example, gives the i8 Concept Spyder an exceptionally lightweight passenger cell, while Drive modules, which are mainly made from aluminium components, bringing together all of the vehicle’s operational driving functions, including chassis, powertrain, and safety structure.