2014 BMW i8 Spyder
If you had been contemplating purchasing the BMW i8 when it comes to market next year, but feared the $125,000+ hybrid supercar would not be exclusive enough, you are in luck.
BMW has announced the i8 Spyder will make an appearance at the LA Auto Show this November, and the rumor to go along with the news is that the production-intent version might be what is on display over the concept seen earlier this year in New York.
The standard BMW i8's combination of an electric drive motor and turbocharged 1.5-liter 3-cylinder puts out 354 hp, and scoots the car from 0-60 in about 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 160mph.
In enabling the driver to experience the wind flowing through his mildly receding hairline, the i8 Spyder will gain some additional weight.
Now up to 1,630 kg/3,600 lbs., this additional girth will cause the performance numbers to slip slightly; 0-60 is estimated at 5.0 seconds with a limited top speed of 155 mph.
For those worried about the price of gas at the pumps, the BMW i8 Spyder is expected to still fetch the same 78MPGs as the coupe.
The BMW i8 can drive for about 35 km (22 miles) all electrically, powered by 7.2 kWh of lithium batteries; so when cruising downtown topless, you can one up all the other supercars by doing it silently.
With the convertible Fisker Sunset (based on the Karma) now on an extended hiatus and likely to never get made, the BMW i8 Spyder has the corner on the 6 figure, extended range convertible market. However large that might be.
Yupe, Spyder Means Convertible
The LA Auto Show opens to the public on November 30th, with press days starting on the 28th. Production of BMW i8 is not expected to begin until late 2014/early 2015.
BMW i8 Spyder Interior
Updated Aug 31 @ 12:25 w/new info