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Cars April, 1 2012

BMW i8 Spyder

This week the BMW i division, concentrating on future concepts, presents its third concept – the BMW i8 Spyder. Following up on the Coupe, they now present the Spyder version of the hybrid. It also comes “with a 96 kW (131 horsepower) electric motor up front powering the front axle and a mid-mounted turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine (presumably with a displacement of 1.5 liters like the coupe) producing 223 hp that powers the rear.” Overall the car puts out over 340 horsepower.

“The beauty of the i8 Spyder’s drivetrain is the car can be front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive depending on whether efficiency, performance or all-weather traction is called for. Like the coupe, the i8 Spyder also features a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, and BMW claims to have completely cancelled out the extra weight of the hybrid drivetrain through extensive use of lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum. Performance is also impressive, with 0-62 mph happening in five seconds and a top speed governed at 155 mph.”

Take a detailed look at the BMW i8 Spyder after the jump.

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