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BMW i8 Spyder Concept unviled

Futuristic EV motoring goes roofless...

We were blown away when BMW revealed the i8 Concept last year, showing that they may just be making the kind of futuristic supercar that schoolboys have been drawing in the back of their books since the 1980’s. Well this weekend, BMW released the first official details for the new i8 Spyder Concept including images, videos and specs.

Compared to the original concept, the Spyder has the same upward-and-outward opening doors, but they now have a more production-realistic full upper section as opposed to the previous clear plastic doors. The front end gets a more pedestrian friendly bumper, while the body panels at the side and rear are toned down somewhat. All in all, it is starting to resemble a car that you could expect to see on the road, not just a motor show stand. We expect the next motor show before the final car is revealed will feature the coupe model using this concept’s more realistic body features. Check out BMW's press video below:

Now, hopefully you're thinking the same as us - their PR people appear to have got mixed up somewhere and dubbed over the sound of a blender instead of their new EV Supercar. But no, that is the noise of the car, and the noise they chose to let you hear - no fancy jazz music, nothing. To be honest the sound of a blender blending a BMW i8 Spyder would probably sound better. We played the video to numerous music industry pundits and EV specialist radio personalities who all conclusively described the sound as 'pants'.

The i8 Spyder Concept makes use of a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 129 bhp electric motor and a 220 bhp three-cylinder range-extending petrol engine. The combined power is passed to the wheels via an all-wheel-drive system and enables it to accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 155 mph.

A maximum of 19 miles can be completed in electric only mode before the range extender kicks in, while the fuel consumption is rated at 94.1 mpg.

The BMW i8 Spyder Concept is scheduled to be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show at the end of April.

Images and video courtesy of BMW

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more