BMW Launches i8 Concept Spyder

By Paul Joseph

The world premiere of BMW’s i8 Concept Spyder took place at Auto China in Beijing last week.

An open-top version of the BMW i8 concept car, a hybrid-powered supercar that made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show, the new Spyder is billed as combining intelligent, lightweight design and cutting edge BMW eDrive technology.

The two-seated, open-top sports car features an agile BMW electric motor, innovative battery technology and an intelligent engine management system, coupled with a TwinPower Turbo combustion engine. Thanks to its reduced weight, it uses no more than 2.7 litres of fuel per 100km.

With a full battery charge, the electric motor can power the i8 Spyder for up to 19 miles, whilst fully charging it from empty takes less than two hours.

BMW says the car can go from 0-62mph in five seconds, and can reach a top speed of 155mph.

A production version of the i8 Spyder is due to hit the market in 2014.

By Paul Joseph