BMW i8 Concept Spyder


TO expand the i lineup BMW didn’t go through the trouble of designing a new model. They just dropped the top on the i8.

The i8 Spyder also features a slightly revised interior. So think of it as an evolution to the initial concept, which is currently being tested for production. The Spyder also introduces the new laser headlights which is expected to make production in the next few years.

The i8 Concept Spyder uses a 131hp electric motor to power the front axle, and a 223hp turbocharged three-cylinder engine to power the rear axle. Both have been developed in-house by BMW. With its lightweight construction the combined power output of 354hp propels the Spyder from zero to 62mph in just 5.0 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

BMW i8 Concept Spyder1 BMW i8 Concept Spyder

In spite of the compelling performance, BMW says the car manages 94 UK mpg! Chekc out further details in BMW’s press release below:

A new interpretation of BMW i design

The bold, futuristic design of the i8 Concept Spyder perfectly illustrates the dynamic and lightweight character of the vehicle, with its traditionally sporty proportions of a wide but low body, minimal overhangs and an aggressive stance. Large body panels and distinctive aerodynamic elements such as the spoiler lips, Air Curtains and aero flaps are as functional as they are visually expressive.

The new upward-opening doors pivot forward around the axis of the A-pillar, giving the i8 Concept Spyder a particularly distinctive appearance with them open. A two-section roof is planned for when the weather is less favourable.

At the front, advanced, laser light headlamps utilise the familiar BMW i ‘U’ design, while at the rear a transparent tailgate reveals two electric scooters ready for use. Given BMW i’s approach to personal mobility, these are ideal for relaxed local transportation once the vehicle is parked.

The cockpit of the i8 Concept Spyder is designed around a three-layer composition, with the interlocking lines and surfaces complementing the style of the exterior. The

‘off-white’ outer layer is the supporting structure; the inner layer the ‘comfort’ portion featuring the seats and storage, while the ‘technical’ layer that includes the steering wheel and information display is the third segment.

The Spyder features sporty, naturally tanned orange leather for parts of the seats and various areas of the interior structure, while there have been slight modifications to the design since the original i8 2+2 model.

The very latest in ConnectedDrive technology

The driver has three screens from which to access information: the twin ellipses of the instrument cluster, the central information display and the climate display. The cluster has a digital speedometer and an efficiency display, giving information on how much energy the driver is currently using or recuperating, as well as navigation details and fuel range. In the ECO PRO mode that maximises efficiency this ellipse turns blue: in SPORT mode it glows orange.

The 8.8-inch central screen displays a wide range of information from the status of the hybrid system to navigational data and connectivity functions. This is particularly important given the advanced suite of driver assistance systems found in the new i8 Concept Spyder, such as the camera-based proactive collision warning feature, park assistant and traffic jam assistant. By using a smart phone, the driver can find where his vehicle is parked with CarFinder; show nearby charging stations; allow batteries to be charged at pre-determined times and stay informed of the vehicle’s status. Even the interior can be pre-warmed on a cold morning.

Not only does the extensive connectivity of the i8 Concept Spyder allow the driver to integrate the car fully into their life, it also enables the car to assist the driver in a proactive way. For example, the vehicle’s power electronics are linked to the intelligent navigation and traffic guidance systems. If a jam is detected ahead the hybrid system will charge the battery in advance, thereby allowing the car to run in pure electric mode while stuck in traffic, to the benefit of fuel consumption and emissions reduction.

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