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BMW i8 Concept Spyder

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BMW i, the sub-brand of the BMW Group dedicated to designing and manufacturing cars with an eye toward the future, introduces the i8 Concept Spyder. The third vehicle in the BMW i range, the i8 Concept Spyder is a two-seat plug-in hybrid roadster boasting sports car performance, but with fuel consumption “no higher than you would expect from a small car.” It’s powered up front by a 131-horsepower electric motor that sources its energy from a lithium-ion battery and is complemented with a turbocharged 223-horsepower petrol engine driving the rear wheels. Together they generate a total system output of 354 horsepower and a peak torque of 405 lb-ft. The vehicle can also travel 20 miles on electric power alone, requiring two hours to charge. Its drivetrain, meanwhile, can be front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, with “intelligent control electronics” setting an optimum drive configuration depending on the situation at hand. On the design front, the car has aggressive lines with vertical-hinged doors and an exceptionally low center of gravity. Check out more looks in the gallery below.