The new concept is the convertible version of the petrol electric i8 sports car by BMW.
BMW will display a new concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The BMW i8 Spyder concept will debut at the show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The concept is a convertible version of the petrol-electric i8 sports car.
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Autocar report suggests the car will be nearly ready for production. The reports are also suggesting the i8 Spyder will finally be available in the market. However the availability will have to wait for four years.
The concept was first unveiled at the Beijing motor show in 2012. The development of the i8 Spyder concept has not entered the market because of difficulties. The difficulties were first reported back in December 2013.
According to the report, the Spyder was presenting major challenges to BMW engineers. The problems were mainly about the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic body shell construction. The construction would have converted it into an i8 convertible.
BMW spokesperson’s previously stated there was no time frame set for the launch of the Spyder. It seems BMW has solved the challenges with the engineers.
It would be safe to say the Spyder could be launched within the next 12 months. Even the BMW boss Harald Krueger stated a production version isn't far off.
The CES 2016 event will likely focus more on the i8's technology. The i8 has improvements to the range of connectivity and safety systems.
The powertrain and battery pack also have minor alterations to increase its electric-only range. The Spyder features a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine which will produce 228bhp. The vehicle can hit 100 km/h in a mere 4.4 seconds. The Spyder also has a top speed of 250 km/h.
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CES 2016 through runs January 6-9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.