The BMW i8 Spyder concept to debut in January
Looking for a Batmobile-esque sports car to add to your collection? Then look no further. BMW are finally set to unveil the new petrol-electric i8 Spyder concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January next year.
The Spyder will be the first electric convertible version of their highly popular i8 sports car. The car, first unveiled as a concept at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, is said to be ‘almost ready to start production’, which means we could be seeing it in showrooms within the next few years. When it originally debuted it was a pretty impressive piece of engineering, but we’re hoping that after three extra years of development, the new i8 Spyder will be even better than the first concept.
Autocar reports that officials had previously stated the car was giving engineers “major challenges” during development. It seemed the central issue was getting the i8’s carbon fibre-reinforced plastic body shell to fit the convertible design shape. This is the main cause of the three-year delay, but it seems these problems are now fixed, which will allow the car to begin production (fingers crossed).
BMW already have the i8 Coupé available that features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with electric motor, which achieve a combined 228bhp and reach 0-62mph in just 4.4 seconds. The i8 Spyder is set to feature the same engine and expected to at least match these performance figures. (Although we’re not-so-secretly hoping for something a little more turbocharged to really get the power revving.) The improved electric motor and battery pack on the new Spyder are expected to increase the 23 mile electric-only range of the Coupé.
The new i8 Spyder concept is also expected to showcase an improved interior, with updated connectivity and safety systems. The removable roof should be a big hit with design fans and the overall refreshed look, feel and performance will make the i8 Spyder a tough act to follow.
After the i8 Coupé proved to be a huge-seller, with a year-long waiting list, we predict the Spyder will enjoy the same success. The Coupé was priced from £104,540 when it first debuted in 2014, so expect a price increase when (wishful thinking) the i8 Spyder becomes available.
As in-car tech becomes more developed and more popular, we think the CES will continue to grow its car manufacturer client list. Mysterious Faraday Friday is also set to unveil their electric Tesla Model S rival at the 2016 CES, so it looks like it’ll be a big event for carmakers.
Are you excited for the i8 Spyder convertible?