Video dedicated to the BMW i8 Spyder Concept, presented for the first time to the public during the last Beijing Motor Show. Here is just a reminder of the main features of the innovative German prototype: it measures 4.48 m in length and 1.92 m in width, in comparison to the four-seat coupe version has a shorter wheel-base and has a folding roof in two sections.
The combined output of its supercharged engine and electric motor is rated at 354 hp. The i8 Spyder Concept accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds, reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h and has an average fuel consumption of 3.0 l/100 km, while its range on electric energy alone is 30 km.
The car handles with precision the traction between the front or rear axle, prioritising performance or autonomy according to the driver’s cruising mode selection. There are three different driving modes to choose from: Eco, Pro and Sport. The modular LifeDrive architecture, with CFRP body, integrates the battery inside the central energy tunnel.
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
BMW has released a new official video of the i8 Concept Spyder that will be officially unveiled at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show (April 23rd- May 2nd). The car, which should be launched in 2014, will have contained dimensions with a length of 4.63m.
The convertible uses the modular LifeDrive platform powered by a 3-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine fitted to the rear axle that serves as Range Extender. The internal-combustion unit is coupled to an electric motor mounted on the front axle, which brings the power of the car to 354 hp and 550 Nm of torque.
Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h while acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is covered in 5 seconds flat. In contrast to the performance, fuel consumption is very low: the car, on average, needs only 3 litres of petrol per 100 km, with the ability to travel up to 30 km on electric power alone.
View the full BMW i8 Concept Spyder gallery