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BMW Unwraps i8 Concept Spyder at Beijing Motor Show 24
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in auto show, Automotive, Beijing Auto Show, BMW, BMW i8, BMW i8 Spyder, Electric, hybrid on 04 24th, 2012

What appears to look almost identical to the coupe version, is the BMW i8 Concept Spyder revealed this week at the Beijing Motor Show.

BMW plans to join the rankings of automakers with plug-in-hybrid powertrains with the new i8. In a Spyder-to-down version, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder features many design aspects that make it unique but very recognizable within the BMW line of vehicles. The i8 Concept Spyder has a semi-transparent hood, upward opening doors, laser headlights and a spoiler integrated into the windscreen.

The inside of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder is just as intriguing as its distinctive exterior. Carbon fiber trim and piano black pieces accent the leather appointed interior while the fully digital instrument cluster brings a new level of tech by offering a 3D iDrive display.

The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is powered by a plugin hybrid eDrive drivetrain with a total of 349 horsepower and 406 ft-lbs. of torque. This power is derived from a 129 hp electric motor and a 220 hp 3-cylinder gas engine. Working in perfect harmony, the i8 Concept Spyder should be good for a 0-60mph run in 5.0 seconds and top out at 155 mph. This level of performance is achievable while still getting an average of 78.4 MPGe when calculating in the estimated 19 total miles of full electric driving.

Look for vehicles such as the BMW i8 to be the wave of the future bringing a new level of style, luxury, performance and above all, unprecedented efficiency.


Press Release

BMW i8 Concept Spyder with BMW eDrive in Beijing. New designation for the drive technology of all future electric and plug-in hybrid cars.


Munich/Beijing. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is celebrating its world premiere at the Auto China 2012 in Beijing (23 April – 2 May 2012) and the rear-end of the car clearly bears the eDrive emblem for the new technology. In future, the designation eDrive will identify the drive technology for all electric and plug-in hybrid cars from BMW i.

BMW eDrive comprises the components of the electric drivetrain: the electric motor developed in-house by BMW, the lithium-ion battery, and finally the intelligent motor management system. This technology ensures that electromobility with BMW eDrive offers a unique experience. This is because the full torque of the electric motor is available from a standing start and the acceleration unfolds continuously in thoroughbred electric vehicles until the top speed is attained. Vehicles with BMW eDrive technology are therefore extremely agile and offer enormous driving pleasure. The lithium-ion battery cells and the intelligent motor management system also offer a substantial increase in range and power for the vehicle.

The future will see BMW eDrive technology empowering all electric drives – electric and plug-in vehicles from BMW i – giving them the capability for being particularly dynamic and smart.

BMW Reveals The i8 Spyder Concept 2
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, BMW, BMW i8 Spyder, hybrid, Kurt, News on 04 2nd, 2012

BMW's i8 Spyder Concept. Image: BMW Group

Still think that hybrids are boring and uninspired rides suitable for save-the-planet eco-geeks only? BMW may have you rethinking that with the reveal of its latest BMW i concept, the i8 Spyder. Like the i8 Coupe, the Spyder blends battery power with a fuel-efficient gasoline engine that serves as a generator. In battery mode, the i8 Spyder has a modest range of just 19 miles, however, like the Chevy Volt or the Fisker Karma, it can keep going as long as there’s gas in the tank.

BMW's i8 Spyder Concept. Image: BMW Group

While hybrids usually have a weight penalty thanks to redundant drivetrains, the i8 Spyder uses lightweight materials throughout to counter this. Better yet, weight distribution is an ideal 50:50 split for superior handling.

BMW's i8 Spyder Concept. Image: BMW Group

Like the i8 Coupe, the i8 Spyder can be driven in front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, as conditions dictate. While acceleration isn’t up to supercar standards, the i8’s 0-62 mph time of five seconds is certainly enough to keep the car entertaining, and it’s electronically governed to a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

BMW's i8 Spyder Concept. Image: BMW Group

More than just a Coupe with its roof hacked off, the Spyder features unique upward pivoting doors and rides on a slightly shorter wheelbase than the Coupe. It has a shorter overall length, too, enhancing the athletic look of the topless i8.

BMW's i8 Spyder Concept. Image: BMW Group

Inside, expect plenty of connectivity and infotainment options, including CarFinder (which transmits the exact location of your 18 to your smartphone), a charge point locator, route planning that factors in available public parking and even “Last Mile Navigation,” which sends precise walking directions to your smartphone after you park the car.