Anyone who regularly visits auto shows knows that not all concept cars are the same. While some studies serve primarily to attract glances at a trade fair and to present possible or at least not excluded design and technology projects, other studies offer an almost unadulterated impression of an upcoming series model.
Word has got around that the second variant is preferred in Munich and even if there is still no official confirmation for the planned construction of the BMW i8 Roadster, the BMW i8 Spyder Concept has now been awarded the North American Concept Car of the Year Award — in the Production Preview Vehicle category.
As an interesting detail, it is noticeable that in the official report on the award ceremony, which is not particularly significant in itself, BMW USA constantly speaks of the BMW i8 Roadster and does not use the official study name Spyder once. It remains to be seen whether it can be deduced from this that the open and only two-seater version of the BMW i8 Coupe, which is actually designed as a 2 + 2-seater, will also be called Roadster instead of Spyder in the possible series.
Compared to the Coupe, the BMW i8 Spyder Concept is slightly shorter, which also applies to the wheelbase. Apart from that, like all i models, the i8 Spyder is based on the life drive architecture, in which all components relevant for driving are built into the drive module, which is largely made of aluminum, while the occupants are accommodated in the life module made of carbon are.
Like the Coupe, the BMW i8 Roadster is powered by a 113 hp electric motor on the front axle and a 223 hp three-cylinder turbo-charged petrol engine that drives the rear wheels. The hybrid drive train has a system output of 354 PS and enables acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.0 seconds. In the standard cycle, the i8 Spyder consumes 3.0 liters per 100 kilometers.
With a curb weight of 1,630 kilograms, the roughly 15 centimeters shorter BMW i8 Spyder Concept is exactly 150 kilograms heavier than the i8 Coupe, the trunk is slightly smaller at 100 liters than the Coupe (150 liters). Fully charging the lithium-ion battery, which is located between the driver and front passenger, as in the Coupe, takes just one hour and 45 minutes, even from a normal socket.