This first set of spy shots of the new BMW i8 Spyder shows how the open-top hybrid sports car conquerers the cold in the North of Sweden. Based on the CFRP structure, BMW recently confirmed that an i8 convertible is set for launch in 2018.

Although heavily disguised, it’s hard to spot any significant design changes compared to the pre-facelift coupé apart from the two humps that extend from the rear of the car. They are similar to those of the Porsche 918 Spyder and were already showed before on the i8 Spyder concept. Judging from the size of the soft top and the elements in between the engine compartment and side windows, it seems likely the i8 Spyder will feature a power-folding canvas setup.

For the facelift of the BMW i8 a significant battery upgrade is expected. Reason for us to believe so are the Bavarian automaker’s recent efforts in upgrading the battery pack of their i8 Formula E safety car from 7.1 to 10 kWh. An upgrade of that caliber should extend the car’s electric driving range by around 50%.

The hybrid setup that powers the BMW i8 is currently good for a combined output of 362 hp. However, the expected battery upgrade should boost the hybrid sports car well beyond 400 horses. We will keep you up to date as we learn more about the new BMW i8 Facelift and Spyder models!

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