BMW Unveils i8 Spyder Concept at Beijing Auto Show

The BMW i8 Spyder is set to make its debut later this month at the Beijing Motor Show, creating quite a buzz as a sporty gasoline-electric hybrid eco-supercar.

Following the initial concept of the i8 Coupe introduced in 2011, the i8 Spyder features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that combines a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder 223-horsepower engine with a 131-horsepower electric motor. A total system output of 354-horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque is achieved.

The BMW i8 Spyder is a two seat, open-top version of the carbon-fiber-intensive i8 line. The aerodynamic exterior and lightweight design create exceptional fuel efficiency. The combined fuel economy of the i8 Spyder is an impressive 78 MPG when driven almost entirely in electric mode. The i8 Spyder is a full hybrid and capable of running on electric power, gasoline, or a combination of both.

The aesthetically pleasing exterior of the BMW i8 Sypder features a unique transparent trunk lid cover, front-hinged scissor doors, and interlocking and overlapping “layers” which accept the aerodynamic flow. The BMW i8 Spyder will arrive in showrooms in 2014.

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