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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Mon, 02 Apr 2012

BMW has released images and information about its i8 Concept Spyder, which follows on from the i3 and i8 concepts.

This open-top two-seater car features upwards-swiveling doors that pivot forwards around the A-pillars, a transparent glass panel at the rear and is based around the LifeDrive architecture, which fusing independent units together using a lightweight modular construction. A two-section roof is planned for less favorable conditions.

The i8 Concept Spyder has a shorter wheelbase and length than the coupe version of the original i8 Concept and features solid doors – rather than transparent doors. This, along with a more production-viable interior suggest that the i8 is now very close to reaching the market.

Aerodynamic elements include elements include front spoiler lips, AirCurtains, aeroflaps and a rear diffuser, helping to increase the car's efficiency.

The headlamps with laser light technology follow the BMW i range's U-shaped design template while a transparent V-shape opens out towards the windscreen while the transparent rear deck panel displays two electric scooters as a rather quirky addition to the package.

The interior of the Spyder comprises of plastic, carbon and leather with a color scheme of off-white and orange. The cockpit and center console has changed slightly from the Coupe, with two large displays making up the interface between the passengers, the car and its surroundings.

The central information display shows the driver the status of the hybrid system, navigation and provides the means for the driver to control the multiple connectivity functions. Another display shows typical information such as the car's speed, while a third display shows which automatic climate control setting is in use.