The spectacular BMW i8 Spyder concept to make it’s debut at the LA motor show
The magnificent hybrid BMW i8 Spyder is edging closer. Anyone who has already seen images knows that the car is quite a futuristic looking type of car.
We’ve already seen the BMW i8 Coupe concept, a different variant of the same model. Production for both cars is set to begin in 2015, according to rumours. There are some great differences between the two cars. The Spyder has windowless doors which open in an upwards direction. It’s a convertible too, looking sportier and more stylish.
One of the main similarities includes the main base architecture of both cars. Both use a carbon fibre reinforced plastic life module. This helps the vehicle weight as little as possible. Performance and economy were two major factors behind that the architecture, as both are greatly optimised.
The BMW i8 Concept Spyder will be powered by 1.5 litre three cylinder petrol engine. This intelligently combines with a high performance electric motor which is powered by a lithium-ion battery. With both power sources combined the car can hit power of up to 354 BHP. In only five seconds the car can hit 0 – 62 MPH. It’s top speed is a brilliant 155 MPH.
The battery is able to be charged simply using a domestic power socket. By looking at it you wouldn’t imagine that such a powerful looking sports car would return a decent MPG. You would be wrong in that respect, BMW stated that the car can give back 78 MPG.
This is not the first time that the car has hit the headlines this year. It has already won the Concept Car of the Year award for 2012. The award represents a great deal of significance too. Cars that receive the award are most likely to make an impact on the future of the automotive industry.
The BMW i models are really captivating. They mix design, style, technology, performance and economy all into one.
Some sources have claimed that there will indeed be a production version at the November car show rather than a concept version being displayed. Unfortunately the production versions of the BMW i Series will be toned down a considerable amount compared to what will be seen in showrooms.