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      11-28-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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The 2012 Concept Vehicle of the Year Award winner, the electric hybrid BMW i8 Spyder Concept [Official Info Thread], is making its North American debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show now underway. The i8 will hit the market in early 2014.

We were able to get up close and personal with the i8 Spyder and have posted our photos below.

Vital Stats
  • High performance 3-cylinder petrol engine (164 kW) in rear with i3's electric motor (limited to 96 kW) in front
  • Total torque of 550 Nm (300Nm petrol engine + 250 Nm electric motor)
  • 3 driving modes - electric, petrol, or both engines at once
  • 1,630 kg
  • 0-100kph (62mph): 5.0 seconds
  • 80-120 km/h (50-75 mph): 4.0 seconds
  • Top speed: 250kph (155mph) (limited)
  • 3 L/100km / 94 mpg imp
  • 50:50 weight distribution


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Specifications BMW i8 Concept Spyder
Length (mm)4480
Height (mm)1208
Width (mm)1922
Wheelbase (mm)2650
Number of seats2
Kerb Weight (kg)1630
Top Speed250 km/h (155 mph) electr. governed
Acceleration
0-100 kph (s)5.0
80-120kph (s)4.0
System Output260 kW / 550 NM
Twin Power Turbo Engine164 kW / 300 Nm
Fuel Consumption (EU)3.0 l/100km - 94mpg imp
eDrive output electric motor96kw
electric rangeapprox. 27-30 km (17-19 miles)
battery charge timestandard: 1.45 h for 100%
Luggage Compartmentapprox. 100 litres


BMW i8 Concept Spyder North American Debut




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      11-28-2012, 04:16 PM   #2
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      11-28-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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I love the design of i8.
I wonder if they would produce M version of this...
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      11-28-2012, 04:25 PM   #4
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Looking forward to this quite a bit!
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BMW has a long way to go with this car. Its ugly and underwhelming and not even ready for mass market. Usually production versions of concept cars are more tame, in looks and power output so don't hold your breath it only gets worse from here.
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Very cool
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      11-28-2012, 04:38 PM   #7
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0-60 in 5 seconds? I thought this was supposed to be on par with the M3?
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      11-28-2012, 05:18 PM   #8
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The Spyder had it NA debut two weeks ago in NYC. The Born Electric tour was open to the public.
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      11-28-2012, 05:30 PM   #9
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I can't wait to start seeing the i cars on the road!
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Not bad BMW, but Tesla Model S already beat i8 performance and probably the price tag as well. Too bad Tesla is only electric...

So is 94 MPG - electric MPG or some kind of combination MPG?
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The only problem with the i8 Spyder, for me, is to decide which one I like more, the Spyder or the Coupe? The next problem is, how do I order one?

Seriously love both of these cars. Could care less about the i3, but the futuristic/modern design on these cars is gorgeous. I hope the production version looks close to this in design.

As far as performance, I'm not bothered. I'm sure it will drive, handle, and feel like a BMW. Not too long ago 0-60 in 5 seconds wasn't too shabby, and I bet this car will be quite sporty.

It looks like a perfect car for a leisurely cruise "on the town" or road trip up the coast alongside the ocean.

And it looks like NOTHING else on the road today and probably for some time. Great job BMW can't wait to own one of these.
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how are those taillights made? they dont look like leds
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how are those taillights made? they dont look like leds
I'm pretty sure it's laser
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0-60 in 5 seconds? I thought this was supposed to be on par with the M3?
Yeah, last time I checked it said 4 sec. Maybe the Spyder is slower?
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The Spyder had it NA debut two weeks ago in NYC. The Born Electric tour was open to the public.
Factually correct. Was there the first night (not open to public), even have a pic with Uma Thurman next to the car LOL
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Factually correct. Was there the first night (not open to public), even have a pic with Uma Thurman next to the car LOL
pics or it didnt happen
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Factually correct. Was there the first night (not open to public), even have a pic with Uma Thurman next to the car LOL
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