2016 BMW i8 Spyder

The 2016 BMW i8 Spyder was a plug-in hybrid convertible planned planned to be released for car enthusiasts who like to have the wind breezes through their hair while driving. It was set to enter into the production stage during 2015 and to go on sale is the end of the same year or early 2016. However, according to the automaker itself, they have canceled its production and it looks like there won’t be a Spyder model after all. Too bad! Anyway, if you want to know what was in the plan, keep reading this article.

2016 BMW i8 Spyder PHEV Design

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The 2016 BMW i8 Spyder is similar to its coupe counterpart, but a little bit shorter. It also looks more modern and aggressive. The car’s body is made of lightweight aluminum and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. The blue stripes, which are featured on all i-series vehicles, can be found on the front grille, on the hood, below the doors, on the rear bumper and on the wheels. The front bumper consists of layers and looks quite sporty. Above it, you can see the all-LED headlights. The hood also looks like it’s made of several layers, and in the middle it is almost transparent, allowing us to see the electric motor below it. The rear end is also appealing, with a glass that covers the rear-mounted engine, and a very interesting spoiler behind the passengers that slopes down to the rear end. The LED taillights are positioned higher, and are very thin. The doors of the i8 Spyder opens upwards.

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Interior Styling

Inside, the 2016 BMW i8 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid looks very futuristic. The dashboard is made up of layers and wrapped in tanned leather. The plastic and carbon fiber materials can also be found all over the cabin, which is driver focused. As you can see in the photo below, everything is directed towards the driver, from the center console to the instrument panel and infotainment display. There are only two seats, wrapped in premium leather with contrast stitching. The convertible is shorter than coupe model, so there will be no enough legroom for all the passengers if the second row was added. I think the designers have chosen the best solution.


Hybrid Engine, Specs, Performance

Word is that the 2016 BMW i8 Spyder is powered by a 1.5-liter twin-turbo engine with 3 cylinders, producing about 231 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, and transferring the power to the rear axle via a 6-speed automatic transmission. The front axle is driven by an electric motor that can develop 131 hp and 184 lb-ft of twist. The whole hybrid system can deliver a total output of 362 horses and 420 pound-feet of torque. The car consumes 3.0 liters per 100 kilometers. On electricity alone, it can travel up to 22 miles, while its electric-petrol range is 310 miles on comfort mode and 372 miles on Eco Pro mode. It can sprint from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds; its top speed is 155 mph. Charging of the Li-ion battery can last up to 3 and a half hours.

hybrid engine

BMW i8 Spyder Release Date

According to some sources, the 2016 BMW i8 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid was planned to hit the retail stores either in late 2015 or in early 2016. However, a BMW representative in late September 2014 confirmed that there are no plans of releasing the convertible model.

2016 BMW i8 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid

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