BMW is at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show to introduce two very interesting cars: the i8 Concept Spyder and the 335 Li. The i8 measures 4.48 meters in length and 1.92 in width and, in the comparison to the 4-seat coupe version, has a shorter wheel-base and has a folding roof in two sections. The brand new shape of its rear end uses an original see-through cover that allows the onlookers to see the two electric skateboards in the trunk, which reduce its capacity to just 100 litres. The combined output of its hybrid powertrain is rated at 354 hp. The electric motor alone produces 131 hp that get transferred to the front axle while its supercharged 3-cylinder unit delivers its 223 hp to the rear axle.
The i8 Concept Spyder goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5,0 seconds, reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Its average fuel consumption is 3.0 l/100 km, while its range on electric energy alone is 30 km (19 miles). The car handles the traction between the two axles - giving priority to performance or economy - on the base of the cruising mode selected by the driver: the three options are Eco, Pro and Sport. The overall weight of the car is 1,630 kg, with a 50-50 weight partition on the two axles.
The BMW 335 Li is a sort of ‘long wheel-base version’ of the recent 3-Series F30, but it is way more spacious, especially in terms of leg-room. The car is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre engine and will be produced in China by the Brilliance China Automotive, the company that assembles the cars of the Bavarian manufacturer for the whole Asian market at their facility in Shenyang. It must be outlined that this is the first time that BMW comes up with a long wheel-base version of the 3-Series, although this particular model is not supposed to become available on other markets.
View the full BMW i8 Concept Spyder and 335 Li @ the 2012 Beijing Motor Show photo gallery