BMW have impressed us all once again by taking the wraps off the new BMW i8 Concept Spyder, a beautiful convertible version of the BMW i8 which was unveiled last year, that’s probably going to be the third model in the line-up of BMW’s green sub brand, BMW i.
The Spyder boasts laser headlights, a semi-transparent hood, rakish windscreen with integrated spoiler and shortened wheelbase. The back of the car features superb U-shaped taillights, a rear diffuser and tri-dimensional air outlets. The interiors sports elegant leather upholstery, intelligently-placed piano black accents and carbon fiber trims. The digital 3D iDrive display and digital instrument cluster couldn’t miss the recipe.
The car runs thanks to a plug-in hybrid propulsion system, composed of a 129 HP (96 kW) electric motor and a 220 HP (164 kW) 3-cylinder petrol engine. Both axles are propelled by the engines, the rear one assisted by the petrol motor, while the front axle gets spun by the electric one.
The car could work front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and four wheel drive taking full advantage of the combined 349 HP (260 kW), along with a 550 Nm (406 lb ft) torque. This allows the vehicle to accelerate from naught to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just under 5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), probably limited, following BMW’s renowned custom.
The most staggering point of the concept is the fuel consumption. It can travel 19 miles (30 km) on electricity alone, this allowing for a fuel usage of of only 3L / 100 km, 78.4 mpg US or 94.1 mpg UK.
We fancy the looks and the efficiency of this car, thus we’re looking forward to seeing this car run on public roads. Today’s nature needs a break from all the particulate matters released by common petrol and diesel engines, or else our offspring will suffer badly. BMW seems to be among the few car manufacturers in the world that bravely do anything to support Mother Nature.