The BMW i8 Spyder, fact or fiction?
Last year BMW bought us the M3 Pickup truck, an awesome little piece that provided some real debate around the office as to its authenticity. It turns out that the pickup was a rouse thought up by a group of mad German scientists and left hillbillies and CarBuzz editors alike befuddled. And then BMW actually built one for fun. This year, BMW has released a huge photo gallery of a new concept, based on the plug-in hybrid i8 supercar. Is this a real thing or just another hoax from BMW? We will have to let you decide.
If it is a fake, however, then a very well thought out one it is. The i8 Spyder Concept is claimed to lose 330lbs thanks to its open-top design and measures roughly 6-inches shorter than the coupe version. The falcon-wing doors remain while the rear seats are axed. In terms of performance, BMW says that is loses 0.4 seconds off its 0-62mph time, clocking in at 5.0 seconds. Fuel consumption also drops a bit, from 20mpg to roughly 18mpg in electric-only mode and from 104mpg imp to 94mpg imp in normal mode. The production i8 coupe runs on a 170hp electric motor which powers the front wheels.
It is paired to a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine rated at 223hp and 295 lb-ft of torque which powers the rear wheels. When the engines are working in tandem, total power output is measured at 393hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The BMW i8 Spyder Concept is said to make its debut at next month's Beijing Auto Show. If it is indeed a real project, oh what a project it would make.