The BMW i8 coupe is set to gain a convertible version named BMW i8 Spyder, as confirmed by BMW CEO Harald Krueger. According to a report from Autocar, the BMW i8 Spyder will be unveiled at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Before launching the production i8 coupe, the company did preview it with a convertible version too – the BMW i8 Concept Spyder. The concept was unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
The convertible model to be unveiled at the 2016 CES probably won’t be in production form either, suggests the report. It may be near-production. CES being a technology focused show, may witness the reveal of new technologies for the i8. The production model could arrive in few months later the same year. The BMW i8 Spyder is expected have the same powertrain and performance specifications as the BMW i8 coupe.
The BMW i8 coupe features an eDrive plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 170 kW (231 hp) and 320 Nm of torque, and an electric motor that produces 96 kW (129 hp) and 250 Nm of torque. The front wheels are powered by the electric motor and the rear wheels are powered.
The electric motor gets its juice from a 7.0 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which could be tweaked for more than the current 37 km zero-emissions driving range in the i8 Spyder to be unveiled at 2016 CES. While the 0-100 km/h acceleration time may change from the i8 coupe’s 4.4 seconds, the 250 km/h limited top speed is expected to remain unchanged in the i8 Spyder.