BMW i8 Concept Spyder Debuts

2012 New York Auto Show


  • BMW i8 Concept Spyder Picture

    BMW i8 Concept Spyder Picture

    BMW i8 Concept Spyder. | March 30, 2012

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2012 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is the third model in the automaker's expanding i range.
  • The i8 Spyder is a two-place convertible with swing-up doors.
  • The i8 Spyder features a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can power the front or rear wheels — or both.

NEW YORK — The BMW i8 Concept Spyder, the third model in the automaker's expanding i range, is a two-place convertible with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can power the front or rear wheels — or both.

Slightly shorter than the 2+2 i8 Coupe, the Spyder has laser headlamps, a two-piece folding top, a pair of swing-up windowless doors and a transparent glass panel at the rear, under which are stowed two electric kickboards for the ultimate in personal mobility.

The i8 Spyder pairs a 96kW electric motor on the front axle and a 220-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine at the rear, for a combined output of 349 hp. The powertrain combination enables 0-60 acceleration in less than 5.0 seconds, with top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.

BMW says the i8 Spyder returns the equivalent of 78 mpg on the European test cycle and can run nearly 20 miles on electric power. Its lithium-ion battery pack, which is mounted in the center tunnel to keep the center of gravity low, takes less than two hours to fully charge from a European household socket.

The cockpit is trimmed in leather, carbon and plastic and bristles with advanced electronics, including 3D digital displays, smartphone synchronization, Internet connectivity, intelligent navigation and traffic guidance, and such camera-based systems as Collision Warning, Parking Assistant and Traffic Jam Assistant.

Edmunds.com says: Green and sexy. Look out, Fisker.

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