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      09-27-2012, 12:44 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], made its first auto show appearance since its world premiere at the Beijing auto show in April.

This was our first look at the i8 Spyder in person and I found it even more impressive and eye catching than the coupe version. We previously put together a photo comparison you can see to form your opinion.


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


Tech Specifications


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 Spyder Concept at 2012 Paris Auto Show



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when you look at the side of the car (picture 9) it just doesn't look right
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      09-27-2012, 03:18 PM   #4
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I wish we could see the engine/electric motor (I forgot which one is where) instead of those damn scooters.
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when you look at the side of the car (picture 9) it just doesn't look right
I couldn't disagree more
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I couldn't disagree more
great post.
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I wish we could see the engine
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What style wheels does the i8 have, will it be possible to purchase them and is it possible to find out how much they weigh?
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I wish we could see the engine
Yeah no kidding, it seems odd at best
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great post.
I couldn't agree more.


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What style wheels does the i8 have, will it be possible to purchase them and is it possible to find out how much they weigh?
Are you asking about purchasing the wheels to put on a current production model BMW? The wheels on the i8 concepts are specifically designed for those concepts as they are large in diameter but very narrow for less rolling resistance. So no, those exact wheels wouldn't fit any other BMW model.
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Are you asking about purchasing the wheels to put on a current production model BMW? The wheels on the i8 concepts are specifically designed for those concepts as they large in diameter but very narrow for less rolling resistance. So no, those exact wheels wouldn't fit any other BMW model.
Darn, I like the design. I'd love em on my 1
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Darn, I like the design. I'd love em on my 1
You could try looking for a set of wheels from the 1 series ActiveE. They're similar to those of the i8.
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You could try looking for a set of wheels from the 1 series ActiveE. They're similar to those of the i8.
Aren't ActiveE parts Vin-locked?
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Aren't ActiveE parts Vin-locked?
I believe so, though I'm not sure if that extends to the wheels as well. I know some people have sourced ActiveE hoods to put on their 1M's.
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I believe so, though I'm not sure if that extends to the wheels as well. I know some people have sourced ActiveE hoods to put on their 1M's.
Thank Jason, I will definitely look into it. Wouldn't those also be LRR?
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