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apr 02, 2012

BMW i8 spyder convertible

the ‘BMW i8 spyder’ hybrid convertibleall images courtesy BMW group

 

 

the ‘i8 spyder’ by BMW is a convertible model based on the company’s 2009 hybrid ‘i8’ coupe, set to be shown at beijing auto show 2012 for possible production in 2015. like its predecessor, the ‘BMW i8 spyder’ features edrive, a plug-in hybrid drivetrain composed of a turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine for the rear wheels and electric motor for the front, capable of also working in tandem for all-wheel drive. the lithium-ion battery is stored beneath the car’s body. BMW’s ‘lifedrive‘ architecture dictated the engineering design of the ‘spyder’, whose chassis is composed of lightweight, carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, while the modules connected most operational components are manufactured primarily of aluminum.

3/4 rear view of the ‘BMW i8 spyder’

 

 

 the ‘spyder’ is slightly shorter than the ‘i8’ coupe, featuring upward-swinging windowless doors. a transparent glass panel at its rear opens up to two electric kickboard scooters. spoiler lips, aircurtains, and aeroflaps increase the aerodynamic efficiency of the vehicle. a two-piece folding roof is expected for the future production model.

front view with doors raised

side view, doors raised

profile, doors closed

from above

interior view

 

 

the BMW ‘i’ concept is centered around forward-thinking, connected vehicles, and the central information display of the ‘BMW i8 spyder’ provides information about the hybrid system as well as vehicle controls, linked to intelligent navigation and traffic guidance systems to aid in route calculations. fuel consumption history helps drivers optimize their own techniques and driving style. data about calendar appointments can be automatically synched daily to a user’s smartphone, which can be left in the car for simultaneous charging overnight.

steering wheel and dashboard

detail on rear case with electric scooters

concept sketch of the electric kickboards included in the rear of the ‘i8 spyder’

  • This looks like a Chinese copy of some hideous bad dream.!

    peter bainbridge says:
  • i just think it’s far too ‘try hard’ i guess there is a market but it saddens me that people actually would dig such a design, with all the fuss, the lights, not so much elegant as an attack on the senses, there is no shape, so many details and mouldings to the point of losing the essence completely..

    mike chapman says:
  • I would have to learn a new language to describe the level of ugliness in this object. And here i thought Americans were bad in overstyling…

    charles says:
  • How far can one get, being seen in a monstruous creation like this? Gladly having my own problems. Though: I might like the scooter.

    jan says:
  • Perfect

    www.projeyardim.com says:
  • Perhaps this is the design of the future and all the criticasters aren’t ready yet to like it….

    tish says:
  • I have to say that this is just the concept people… From here to production theres is still a long way to go… i say \”wait and see\”.

    Diogo Fula says:
  • BMW and design… if it wasn’t so cheap and futuristicish I would own a motorcycle but really it seems to me far away from real design as a single idea applied to a machine. Let’s put a piece here to hide this, let’s add a color there to make it even more show off.
    Always trying to complicate forms to distinguish from others… plastic everywhere…
    I feel sorry because big BMW cars have such a pure design, I wish they made a simple motorcycle.
    Anyway, who cares about my stupid comment !

    whatever says:
  • Just stick a 3litre BMW engine in it and it’ll sell like there’s no tomorrow!!!

    Archi says:
  • Some of you people… your comments disguest me the same way you say the car does, why don’t you try to do something better. If you want something simple buy something else, but don’t try to change other opinions.

    Josh says:
  • This design is as we say inJamaica MAD meaning BEST OR very good. In 2005 i redesign my 1999 suzuki Baleno the style was copied by Suzuki in form of the SX4 some years later. I then redesign my car in 2009 and the Bonnet and front facia of the BMW I8 look my car. MAD MAD BMW MAD. THE BEST LOOKING BMW SO FAR MAD.

    Michael D. Williams says:
  • This is a very nice car.
    Thank you.

    omid - iran says:

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