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
+91
Please enter your mobile number
Please enter your password
Please enter your password
Ad

BMW i8 Spyder may be launched soon

CarWale Team, Dec 19 2013.
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
Show CommentsHide Comments
Ad
  • Upcoming Cars

Maruti Suzuki New SwiftMaruti Suzuki New Swift

February 2018

4.50L - ₹ 7.50L
Mercedes-Benz S-Class FaceliftMercedes-Benz S-Class Facelift

19 January 2018

1.20Cr - ₹ 9.95Cr
Audi Q5 FaceliftAudi Q5 Facelift

18 January 2018

45L - ₹ 55L
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz FaceliftMaruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift

February 2018

6L - ₹ 10L
Rolls-Royce Phantom VIIIRolls-Royce Phantom VIII

August 2018

7Cr - ₹ 9Cr
All Upcoming Cars
Ask the experts1800 2090 230Mon-Fri (8 AM - 8 PM)
Sat (8 AM - 5:30 PM)
Sun (9 AM - 7 PM)
Toll free

Select your city to avail offers

Currently available only in