OK, we admit… it is only a rendering but it looks impressive! Made by Thomas van Rooji, the new rendering shows the upcoming BMW i8 Spyder fitted with a new set of wheels from Vorsteiner but also with a new paint scheme featuring some golden accents, as well as a new suspension. For those who don’t know, BMW insiders announced that the Bavarian manufacturer will build the i8 Spyder, which means that we should expect the vehicle later this year.
Just like the coupe version, the i8 Spyder will use the same 1.5-liter petrol engine rated at 231 hp (170 kW) and 320 Nm of torque, mated to an electric driver system and a lithium-ion battery.
The vehicle will also carry an electric motor that develops 131 hp (96 kW) and 250 Nm of torque. With a total system output of 362 hp (266 kW) and 570 Nm of torque, the i8 Spyder will be able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds while the top speed will be electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h.
Using just the “juice” from the battery, the i8 Spyder will be able to travel for a distance of 35 km (22 miles) at speeds of up to 120 km/h or 75 mph. Fuel consumption will be less than 2.5 liters/100 km (over 113 mpg) with CO2 emissions of less than 59 grams per kilometer.
The design of the new BMW i8 Spyder Concept prominently exudes dynamic capability, lightness and efficiency. The new BMW i8 Spyder Concept could be considered as an embodiment of an ideal fusion of aesthetics and technology, allowing the two-seater to convey supreme driving pleasure even at a standstill. These were made possible by employing a hunkered-down stance and large body panels. These were also made possible by an array of aerodynamic aids like spoiler lips, contact surfaces, aeroflaps and AirCurtains – all of which lowers the two-seater’s coefficient of drag value while improving both its range and efficiency.
Up front, the new BMW i8 Spyder Concept conveys dynamism through a number of elements like the headlights that employ laser light technology and feature the signature BMW i U-shaped design. From the front section of the hood, a semi-transparent "V" emerges towards the windscreen, the frame of which features a spoiler lip that helps guide airflow over the heads of its occupants. A two-section folding roof should be able to protect the occupants from harsh weather.
When viewed from the sides, the new BMW i8 Spyder Concept reveals a low-slung silhouette as well as short front and rear overhangs. The flanks of the new BMW i8 Spyder Concept are also defined by alluring lines and forms, giving the two-seater a forward-surging stance. Further defining the sides of the new BMW i8 Spyder Concept are its doors that open just by pivoting forwards around the A-pillar axis. The side skirts below these doors result to a dynamic wedge shape that opens out towards the rear.