BMW has unveiled the i8 Concept Spyder, which is a new topless version of the BMW i8 concept. The i8 Concept Spyder has everything we love about the i8 concept hybrid supercar, but its fixed roof and two rear seats have been deleted.
The i8 Concept Spyder is powered by a 354 horsepower hybrid system, which has an electric motor that sends its power to the front wheels, while the three-cylinder gasoline engine sends its power to the rear wheels. The concept has the ability to send power through the front, rear or all four wheels at the same time. BMW claims that it can also drive up to 19 miles on electric power alone and the lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged using a standard outlet in less than two hours. Even though the i8 Spyder Concept places an emphasis on fuel efficiency, it can reach 0-62 mph in five seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. It also gets 94 mpg on the European cycle.
Just like the coupe, the i8 Concept Spyder has a body made of barbon-fiber reinforced plastic, while its powertrain is made primarily of aluminum to keep the concept’s weight in check. But, compared to the coupe, the i8 Concept Spyder has a shorter wheelbase and length. It also features upward-swivelling, windowless doors and a transparent glass panel at the rear. Underneath this cover two electric kickboards are stowed, providing a visual showcase for the fun factor in mobility and adding another layer to the car’s recreational appeal.
As expected the i8 Spyder Concept is packed full of technology like a camera-based proactive Collision Warning system, Parking Assistant and Traffic Jam Assistant. BMW is also developing an array of connectivity functions that provide a link between its models and their owners’ lives outside the car. Remote functions accessed via a smartphone help users to locate their car in parking lots, show nearby charging stations, allow the battery to be charged at pre-set times and inform drivers on the current status of their vehicle. The battery and interior can be brought up to peak operating temperature before the driver sets off on a journey. The Last Mile Navigation function assists drivers after they have parked their car, with route instructions transferred directly onto their smartphone directing them along the last leg of their journey on foot – to a museum or restaurant, for example. And the Intermodal Route Planning function effectively integrates the car into the local public transport network and provides information on current parking availability at the driver’s destination.
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