The production BMW i8 Spyder is expected to debut sometime next year.
According to a recent report from German newspaper Handelsblatt, BMW CEO Harald Krüger has confirmed that the convertible variant of the i8 will debut in production form relatively soon. Expect the production model to be nearly identical to the concept that bowed over three years ago, sporting removable roof panels rather than a retractable soft-top. It is unlikely that BMW will make any powertrain modifications for the convertible variant, retaining the i8’s combined system output of 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Powering the i8 is a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 231 hp and an electric motor providing 131 hp.
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It will likely however gain a few pounds due to being a convertible, but expect its 0-60 mph time to be similar to the coupe’s 4.2 seconds. Although Krüger didn’t pinpoint the exact time frame when the BMW i8 Spyder will debut, he suggested it will be in time for BMW’s centennial celebrations next year. That means the BMW i8 Spyder will be offered in the market as a 2017 model year and will demand a premium over the coupe that starts at $141,695 including destination.
[Source: Leftlane News]
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