Identifying your location...

Are you from Mumbai?

Yes No

Please Tell Us Your City

Knowing your city will help us provide relevant content to you.

Sorry! No matching results found. Try again. Error Identifying Your Location.

Log in to CarWale

Please enter your password
Forgot password?
Please enter your registered email

Sign up to CarWale

Please enter your name
Please enter your mobile number
Please enter your password
Please enter your password

Please tell us your city

Knowing your city helps us provide relevant content for you

No city match.

BMW i8 Spyder may be launched soon

Dec 19 2013 by
BMW i8 Spyder may be launched soon

After the i8 Coupe and the i3 hatchback, it now seems that the Spyder version of the BMW i8 might be the next to hit the showrooms. Bimmerpost claims that the i8 has gotten the necessary clearance to go in for a late 2015 production. The BMW i Series cars are selling like hot cakes, with the first year stock of the i8 Coupe getting sold out within few days of being launched and the i3 getting over 10,000 bookings even before going on sale. We can surely expect the i8 Spyder to do ‘quite well’ too.

The i8 Spyder was first hinted with Vision-Z concept in 2008 ‘for the drive technology of all future electric and plug-in hybrid cars,’ and was first shown at the Beijing Motor Show in April 2012.

The production model will look similar to the 2012 i8 Spyder Concept with production styling aspects from the Coupe. The Spyder will also share the Coupe's drivetrain and engine. The Coupe is powered by a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder TwinPower turbo engine along with an electric motor at the front mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. While the petrol engine will pump out 231bhp to the rear wheels, the electric motor (131bhp) powers the front wheels, making the Coupe an all-wheel-drive.

Performance is not sacrificed in the pursuit of efficiency with the Coupe attaining 0-100kmph in 4.4 seconds, all the while returning an average of 40kmpl. This is achieved by combining a lightweight car (1,490kgs) and an efficient, but powerful engine. The four-seater can be driven in four modes, according to the mood of the driver. Comfort mode with a 500km range on a full tank and charge for a balance of efficiency and performance; EcoPro mode for just efficiency; Sport mode if you favour performance and the eDrive which excludes the petrol engine altoghether. The car also offers state-of-art laser headlights as an option.

The only other car in the market which can compete with the i8 is Porsche’s 918 (already a Spyder), though Porsche is much more powerful and in essence, more of a sports car when compared to the i8.


Tags: BMW,i3,i8,i Series,BMW i Series

Related News


Popular Videos

2016 BMW 3 Series

Auto Expo 2016 updates: BMW pulled a rabbit fro...


Audi A4 vs Mercedes-Benz C class vs BMW 3 series

Want to buy your first premium car and are as c...

  • Upcoming Cars

Toyota New Fortuner Toyota New Fortuner

7 November 2016

₹ 25L - 30L

Hyundai Tucson Hyundai Tucson

14 November 2016

₹ 18L - 24L

Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS 1.0 Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS 1.0

October 2016

₹ 7.80L - 8.50L

Volvo New V40 Volvo New V40

December 2016

₹ 25L - 30L

Nissan GT-R Nissan GT-R

October 2016

₹ 1.60Cr - 1.90Cr

All Upcoming Cars
Ask the experts 1800 2090 230 Toll free