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’s share of the market has been in decline since 2012, but it is still one of the most successful brands, with almost 6% market share.

In 2013, it launched its i electric car sub-brand and is making the i3 and i8 available to purchase, initially through 47 dealers (business sales specialists) of its near 150-strong network, with the remainder able to carry out diagnostic and body repair work.

The i cars have renewed interest in plug-in vehicles and BMW will be seeking to buy back cars at the end of the initial lifecycle to avoid doubt over residual values.

It is also entering the MPV segment this year with the 2 Series Active Tourer, giving it a rival to the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and Ford C-Max, a niche as yet untouched by its big rival Audi.

Dealers rate the BMW franchise highly, while the new products are likely to bring new customers to the brand.

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