BMW Unveils New Sporty Hybrid Concept: i8 Spyder

Stan Schroeder

BMW has unveiled the third concept car from its i8 series of electric-gas hybrids: the i8 Spyder.

The i8 Spyder is based on the i8 concept car which debuted in 2011, ditching the top and the back two seats, and perhaps some of the more radical ideas from BMW's first sporty hybrid concept.

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The i8 Spyder sports a 96 kW/131 hp on the front, coupled with a 164 kW/223 hp gasoline engine on the back, which accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

As far as fuel consumption goes, BMW claims 3 liters per 100 km (62 miles), with 30 kilometres (19 miles) of autonomy on electric power alone.

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The design of the car is still as otherworldly as the first two i8 concepts, with plenty of black and electric blue details, upward-swivelling doors and a semi-transparent "V" on the front end, which enables passers-by to take a look at the electric engine.

There's no word on when BMW will show this vehicle in the flesh, but the upcoming New York Auto show, which is held on April 4-5, is as good as guess as any.

BMW i8 Spyder

BMW i8 Spyder

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