If this isn’t exciting news, we don’t know what is. It looks like at long last, BMW will finally bring the i8 Spyder into production. Yes, this would be a long three years after the concept was first introduced at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
The news comes via BMW’s new CEO Harald Krueger who reportedly told a German newspaper the i8 Spyder will make its debut in the near future. It will join the i8 plug-in coupe which has been on sale for about 16 months.
— CES (@CES) December 5, 2015
It’s expected to keep most of the bodywork of the coupe. That includes the geometry of the doors which use a hinge incorporated in to the A-pillar.
Of course, the big deal here is that the Spyder is a convertible. While the early concept showed off removable panels, the automaker could go with an automatic hard or soft-top set up.
In terms of power, we’d be surprised if we don’t see an upgraded, larger battery in the latest i8 Spyder concept. That’s because technology is better than it was when the first one was introduced.
Currently, the BMW i8 coupe comes with a TwinPower Turbo 1.5-liter turbocharged, 3-cylinder gas engine paired with two electric motors and a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery. The powertrain is good for a combined 357 horsepower and 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Here’s hoping the BMW i8 Spyder finally hits the road sometime in 2016.