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Kez Casey | Dec, 07 2015 | 1 Comment

The covers first came off BMW’s i8 Spyder concept at the Beijing Auto Show in 2012, and while the coupe has since become a production reality in that time, the Spyder has been patiently waiting in the wings.

That might soon be about to change, with BMW CEO Harald Krüger confirming the arrival of a production i8 Spyder soon with German business newspaper, Handelsblatt.

Changes between the concept and production versions are expected to be kept to a minimum, while the doors and side sills will be moved into line with those featured on the i8 coupe, other elements should remain close to the concept.

Under the sci-fi inspired bodywork the i8 Spyder is expected to run the same 170kW 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine and 96kW electric motor as the fixed-roof version, delivering a combined 276kW and 570Nm.

Key numbers, like the coupe’s 4.4 second 0-100 km/h sprint time and 2.1 l/100km combined fuel consumption aren’t expected to alter much in the transition to a topless body style, with the i8’s carbon fibre frame needing only minimal modifications, keeping additional weight down.

With only a limited amount of space at the rear of the vehicle, the i8 Spyder may not offer a fully automated folding roof system, and could instead arrive with manually stowed panels, but we’ll know more about this as the car moves closer to production.

Timing for the new variant will see it arrive in time for BMW’s centenary celebrations, BMW is also expected to have a concept version of its next i car, the i5 ready from display at the same time.

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