While we have yet to see a production model, BMW’s newly formed “i” sub-brand continues to expand its range of concept cars with a third study for a roadster version of the i8 Coupe.
BMW’s new petrol-electric roadster has been anticipated as the German car maker looks to build a group of environmentally friendly vehicles under its new i badge. A BMW i3 city car and BMW i8 coupe will kick off the new range next year, followed by the i8 Spyder, a year to two behind, and expected i1, i5 and i7 models.
The i8 Spyder is a touch shorter in length and wheelbase than the coupe, and features a two-seater layout rather than the 2+2 configuration of its fixed-roof sibling. There are also more conventional-looking versions of the i8?s scissor doors compared with the transparent doors of the i8 coupe concept. The cabin is elegantly appointed with leather upholstery, carbon fibre trim and piano black accents. There’s also a digital instrument cluster and a three-dimensional iDrive display.
BMW doesn’t say or show if and what kind of top is provided to keep passengers protected from the elements of nature.
The BMW i8 Spyder concept is powered by a 96 kW electric motor and a 164 kW three-cylinder petrol engine. The electric motor powers the front wheels, while the petrol engine powers the rear wheels. This setup gives the car an all-wheel drive system as well as a combined output of 260 kW and 550 Nm of torque. It enables the roadster to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 250 km/h. The two-seater model is claimed to return a combined fuel consumption of just 3.0 L/100km.
The BMW i8 Spyder will debut at the 2012 Beijing motor show later this month.