Upcoming BMW i8 Spyder Spotted In Public!

8 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 2

BMW i8 Spyder out testing.  Once in production we expect the topless BMW to be renamed the i8 Roadster

And it looks exactly like you’d expect.

It was in April 2012 when BMW introduced the i8 Concept Spyder as a way to tell the whole world about its plans to chop off the roof of its plug-in hybrid sports car. To refresh our memory about its intentions of doing a droptop i8, BMW revealed at last year’s CES the tech-laden i8 Vision Future Interaction concept pictured below. Now, the car has been spotted testing in prototype guise and unsurprisingly it was carrying an extensive amount of camouflage.

We caught the BMW i8 i Vision from CES in 2016

The reason why these spy shots are not of the highest quality is because they were taken on the go with a mobile phone. Nevertheless, we now finally have solid proof an i8 Spyder is on its way as per BMW’s promise to have it ready for a 2018 launch and it is believed it’s going to eschew the “Spyder” suffix in favor of “Roadster.”

Taking into account the i8 Coupe facelift due later in the year will come with a power boost, expect the roofless version to get the stronger hardware from day one. Rumor has it the combined output of the hybrid system will grow by 15 horsepower (11 kilowatts), so that should give the i8 a total of 372 hp (277 kW).

BMW i8 Spyder out for a spin!

BMW i8 Spyder

Not only that, but the refreshed fixed roof model will supposedly get a 10-kWh battery pack from the Formula E safety car to replace the current 7.1-kWh battery. Needless to say, that’ll bring a significant range hike.

Besides extra hybrid punch and a larger battery, the i8 Coupe will go through some chassis tweaks by receiving further optimized upper wishbones and mounting points, along with revised dampers and suspension springs. The i8 Spyder/Roadster will likely take advantage of all these modifications right away and will also get some extra reinforcements to compensate for the roof loss.

Speaking of the roof, it’s the only piece of the puzzle that’s missing right now, but hopefully the secret will be out in the months to come via better spy shots.

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

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2 responses to "Upcoming BMW i8 Spyder Spotted In Public!"

  1. John says:

    Sweet, another version of a pointless ICE. Hey BMW, find your nuts and go all in on a true electric!

  2. Ken Bhan says:

    I’m a film/tv actor (and precision driver) who loves BMW convertibles! …just drove my new BMW convertible from DC to LA in record time! I’ve been drifting BMWs since I was fifteen and wish they made a rear wheel drive i8. If you like drifting, please check out our latest video drifting a rear wheel BMW at http://www.KenOnCars.com