Nearly five-year expectations of car enthusiasts were crowned with long-awaited success. In the open version, the hybrid BMW i8 Spyder, as a show car, was demonstrated in 2012. Then followed by silence for several years.
The manufacturer demonstrated a series of concepts, not forgetting to repeat: wait, production car is on the way. Testing of the production version of this car began only now, as the first pictures, which came from Europe, say. The prototype demonstrates a soft top, but nothing is known about the type of servo mechanism and frame as it is left outside the camera view.
What is in the Offered BMW I8 Spyder?
The prototype uses wheel rims of the following variants: BMW in size of 20 inches, Turbine Styling 444. By default, they are used on the Berlinetta i8. As an option, it is possible to use wheel disks in one of the two available designs.
Design of the rear part is distinguished by a clearly visible difference: the caps behind the chair backs provide the open car a more sporty overall look. And these body elements are not quite the same ones that were used on their predecessors.
Introduction of this Spyder in the car market is timed to the emergence of the updated i8 model. There are no official details yet, only unofficial information.
It is possible that restyling will be accompanied by upgrade of the 1.5-liter "turbo", increasing useful output of the front electric engine. Traction batteries significantly increased their capacity, which reached 10 kW / hour. The previous limit was 7.1 kW / h.
Expected Transformations in BMW I8 Spyder
New offer of the well-known manufacturer has open-type two-seater body which is popular today and is called a spider on the European continent (in America, such variants are called roadsters).
During the tests, this variant of the car was an accompaniment of the usual BMW i8, and therefore, it is likely that in the foreseeable future information about improvements to it may appear. The BMW family expects a pleasant addition, expressed in renovation of the baby BMW i3.
Experts do not exclude the simultaneous appearance of the i8S model, which has been discussed for a long time, with the restyling line. Expect more than 400 horsepower. The conventional model today is characterized by 362 horsepower.
It is expected either a noticeable boost of the 1.5 unit, or its replacement with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit. The second option is more likely, but modernization will take place in any case.
With regard to open sales, we can say that they are scheduled for next year. This means that the time for a premiere should be planned for the second half of the current year or early next year.