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BMW i8 Spyder concept revealed in leaked images UPDATE

March 31, 2012

The BMW i8 EfficientDynamics sports car will be launched on the market in 2013. Now we learn a BMW i8 Spyder version could also be on the way, as these leaked concept images purport to prove.

There’s been no word of a potential drop-top version of the plug-in sports car, so these images certainly come as a surprise. The images were first picked up by AutoForum.cz, and show a clear open-top design in the new i8 layout.

The BMW i8 concept in 2+2 coupe form was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. This Spyder version appears to look much the same, except the rear seats are removed to make way for a buttress-style mid section.

Power is likely to come from the same 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine as seen in the i8 coupe. The engine is matched to an electric motor system which does most of the propulsion. Combined power is 260kW and 550Nm – good enough for 0-100km/h in 5.0 seconds.

This BMW i8 Spyder concept will reportedly make its official debut at the 2012 Beijing International Auto Show, starting April 23. We’ll keep you updated with official word as soon as we hear more.

UPDATE: BMW has confirmed the new BMW i8 Spyder. Full specifications below:

L 4480 mm, H 1208 mm, W 1922 mm
2650 mm
No. of seats
Kerb weight
1630 kg
Top speed
250 km/h (155 mph) electr. Governed
0-100 km/h (62 mph) 5 s
80-120 km/h (50-75 mph) 4.0 s
System output
260 kW / 550 Nm
TwinPower Turbo engine
164 kW / 300 Nm
Fuel consumption (EU cycle)
3 l/100km / 94 mpg imp
eDrive output electric motor
electric range
battery charge time
96 kW
approx. 27-30 km (17 – 19 miles)
standard: 1.45 h for 100% charge
Luggage compartment
approx.100 litres

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.