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.
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