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The BMW i8 Concept Goes Topless

The BMW i8 Concept Goes Topless

The BMW i3 and BMW i8 concept have caused a stir over the last couple of months but recently BMW added the BMW i8 Concept Spyder to the mix.

The styling may not be to everyone’s taste but there are certain elements both exterior and interior which are visually appealing. Some of the notable features of the i8 Spyder include the upward-swivelling windowless doors, headlights with laser light technology and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment including electric kickboards stowed under a transparent tailgate and 3D screens.

 The i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an eDrive drivetrain combining a high-performance electric motor and petrol combustion engine. The power for the electric motor comes from a lithium-ion battery which can be fully charged from a domestic power socket in less than two hours. The 96 kW (131 hp) electric motor on the front axle works in tandem with a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine sending 164 kW (223 hp) through the rear wheels. The combined system output being rated at up to 260 kW and a peak torque of 550 Nm.

The acceleration from from 0 to 100 kph is claimed to be five seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 kph. Despite this performance, the two-seater burns just three litres of petrol per 100 kilometres in the European test cycle.

With its battery fully charged, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder can cover up to 30 kilometres (19 miles) on electric power alone.

If required, a high-voltage alternator hooked up to the combustion engine generates extra power, which is then stored in the hybrid battery. This range-extending function during the course of a journey allows the two-seater to travel further.

Compared with the Coupe variant of the BMW i8 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept Spyder has a slightly shorter wheelbase and overall length which help to give it a more dynamic feeling according to the BMW press release.

The two videos below showing the BMW i8 Concepy Spyder being driven during the day and at night provide a better idea of what to expect.

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