BMW i8 Spyder Concept Images Out in the Open

A handful of hot snaps of the new BMW i8 concept electric car is out. The images that expose the Spyder relics in the design of this new machine, brings to the table a topless edition of BMW Spyder with a few tweaks.

The car is set for release at the Beijing Motor Show this month. The photos of the i8 Spyder concept were revealed by Autoforum, but we also saw a normal i8 version being tested to full force in public earlier. The latest revelation comes about as a huge surprise.

The vehicle sports a torso that may not be very exact to the Spyder model though. The latest BMW i8 concept car is indeed distinct from yesteryear’sFrankfurtmodel i8 in many ways.

Changes include solid panel doors with repositioned mirrors, black windshield pillars, rear roof area, rear seats deleted and obviously no roof. However, the rest of the vehicle remains the same.

BMW would most likely stick to the same engine as well. That could mean this plug-in hybrid model will also have a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine which works under the hood.

This, along with the electric motor, will provide a force of 353 PS (260 kW / 349 hp) and 550 Nm (406 Nm) of torque.

We expect the new i8 to borrow some features of the last yearsFrankfurti8 Concept. It would weigh slightly more than 1480 kg (3262 lb) that can accelerate  from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and return a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Meanwhile, the electric only model has a range of 35 km (20 miles) which will limit the average fuel consumption to 2.7 L/100 km (104 mpgUK/ 87 mpgUS) while emitting 66 g/km.

Take a look at the images.

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