BMW i8 Concept Spyder Hybrid announced
3rd April 2012
BMW i presents the i8 Concept Spyder, the third debut from BMW’s future mobility sub-brand following the i3 Concept and the i8 Concept.
The i8 Concept Spyder represents a vision of the future where intelligent thinking, advanced materials and innovative construction techniques fuse together to create a high performance roadster that is outstandingly efficient and environmentally aware. In effect, the i8 Concept Spyder possesses the performance of a sports car with the consumption of a city car.
Intelligent hybrid power equals high performance and efficiency
A plug-in hybrid, the i8 Concept Spyder is powered by an eDrive drivetrain combining a high performance electric motor with a turbocharged, three-cylinder petrol engine. The lithium Ion batteries are stowed centrally for the benefit of weight distribution, and can be charged quickly from a domestic power socket. The i8 Concept Spyder uses a 131hp electric motor to power the front axle, and a 223hp turbocharged three-cylinder engine to power the rear axle. Both have been developed in-house by BMW. With its lightweight construction the combined power output of 354hp propels the Spyder from zero to 62mph in just 5.0 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, yet delivers an outstanding combined fuel consumption of 94mpg.
The electric motor gets its energy from the car’s lithium ion batteries and can be fully charged via a domestic plug socket in under two hours. The Spyder has a range of 19 miles running on electric power alone, while a high voltage generator hooked up to the combustion engine can generate additional power if needed and store it in the battery. Due to the arrangement of the power sources, the Spyder can run in front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, the vehicle’s electronics deciding on the optimum configuration depending on the situation.
BMW i is founded on the principles of inspiring design, purpose-built solutions and sustainability. The sub-brand has energetically demonstrated its work previously through two concept cars and this third vehicle gives the clearest indication yet of how BMW’s fourth brand will appear when it is revealed in 2013.
Bramley currently have 4 convertible models physically in stock - click on the link below for more details: