BMW reveals first i8 Concept Spyder details

BMW reveals first i8 Concept Spyder details

02/04/2012 in News, All News, Car Manufacturer News

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BMW reveals first i8 Concept Spyder details

BMW has revealed the first images of its i8 Concept Spyder hybrid ahead of its official debut at the Beijing Motor Show.

BMW will be offering the new i8 in coupe as well as in this convertible form from 2014.

Like the i8 coupe, this car has a plug-in hybrid powertrain which produces 349bhp and 406lb ft of torque with the combination of a 129bhp electric motor and a 220bhp three-cylinder turbo petrol engine.

BMW is quoting 0-62mph in five seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph with fuel economy of 94mpg.

The i8 Concept Spyder hybrid can be charged in “less than two hours” and can run solely on EV power for 19 miles. The lithium-ion battery can also recharge when coasting or with regenerative braking.

More details about the car will be revealed at the Beijing Motor Show on April 23.

View all the images released so far from BMW of the i8 Concept Spyder in AM's online gallery section.


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BMW is big enough to be bold in its decision-making, which was evident in 2012 with its very successful support for the London Olympics, where it was the official vehicle provider.

The latest example is the launch of the BMW i-range, a new electric vehicle brand, which is supported by a major marketing campaign and substantial investment in infrastructure.

BMW isn't first to market with its diminutive i3, but it is the first to put a BMW badge on an electric car and that could make all the difference when it comes to sales.

Even so, the i-series is likely to be a sideshow compared to the intense battle for volume sales with rival German brands.

Overall sales have broken through 100,000 units in 2013, driven by an ever-lengthening model range, which will expand further next year with the arrival of the 2-Series and 4-Series, which will arrive in the UK in time for the March 2014 plate-change.

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