Rumours have started circulating which suggest that CES 2016 could see the launch of a new BMW i8 Spyder Concept. Industry insiders have long been predicting that BMW would take the roof off of its popular i8 hybrid car. It seems that they will shun the traditional motor show launch for January’s global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow.
The original BMW i8 Spyder Concept debuted at the Beijing Motor Show in 2012. Since then, it seems the project has been fraught with difficulties. Several BMW engineers have suggested that the carbonfibre-reinforced plastic body shell and butterfly doors are particularly tricky to produce as a convertible. It seems as though a solution might now have been found.
The CES debut will likely focus on the technical aspects of the car. Expect to see improvements to the interior and infotainment system as well as increased range from the electric drive system. The Spyder is likely to retain the 1.5-litre petrol engine from the Coupé. It will likely match the 360 bhp output for zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds.
The original BMW i8 Spyder Concept included a slightly shorter wheelbase and overall length that the Coupe although it isn’t clear whether this will be carried over to the production version. Once the Concept debuts, we expect BMW to be quick off the mark with a production version. Many are also expecting a hotter BMW i8 Coupé at some point in the near future!