BMW i8 Spyder Concept Photos Leaked Ahead of Beijing Auto Show DebutBy Ant On March 31, 2012 Under Cars
The open-top study is based on the production-intent i8 Coupe Concept that we’ve seen in several shows this past year.
Aside from the absence of the roof and the elimination of the rear seats, the Spyder also sports solid instead of transparent, rotating doors with different mirror housings and a restyled boot section.
The Spyder retains the i8 coupe’s plug-in hybrid powertrain with a mid/rear mounted 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine developing 220HP (164kW) and 300 Nm (221 lb.ft) connected to the rear wheels, and an electric motor driving the front wheels.
The system delivers a total output of 349-horses and peak torque of 550Nm (405.6 lb.ft). The BMW can also run on either powertrain separately.
We’ll have more on the i8 Spyder soon, so keep coming back…
Photo Credits: BMW via Autoforum
Hat tip to Robert G.!