BMW i8 Spyder to make conceptual debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
|Engine||Power||Torque||0-100kph||Top speed||Weight||Basic price|
|V8, twin turbo, 3799cc||903bhp @7500rpm||531lb ft @ 4000rpm||2.8secs||350kph||1395kg||$1.35 million|
It’s official. Ish. A convertible version of BMW’s i8 hybrid sports car is set to make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. It’s also been hinted that the concept will be almost production ready, suggesting that the Spyder will hit the market four years after the i8 concept was first unveiled in Beijing in 2012.
Official details, as you’d expect, have been kept on the down-low, so any suggestions that the Spyder could herald a facelift for the i8 range is pure speculation. However, it’s likely the Spyder will feature the same 228bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder as its hardtop counterpart, an additional 129bhp being produced by the twinned electric motor. Together they propel the BMW from 0-100kph in 4.4 seconds.
The unveil will also no doubt spark further questions regarding a BMW-McLaren tie-up in the future, with Woking’s headline P1 also boasting a hybrid powertrain. Albeit one that produces a slightly peppier 916bhp.
For those of you itching to know, the Consumer Electronics Show – or CES – is an annual event geared more towards trending consumer tech, though the influx o hybrid and electric powertrains means the venue has grown more popular with car manufacturers over the last few years.
Source – BMW
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