BMW i8 Spyder to make production

It’s no secret that the BMW i8 is one of, if not the best looking hybrid currently on the market and is in the discussion for the best looking hybrid of all time.

Well it now appears that the BMW i8 will receive what will inevitably be a pricier, topless variant in the near future.

The BMW i8 Spyder debuted in concept form back at the the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. At the time our mouths were still watering from the upcoming arrival of the production form i8, but even still BMW delightfully treated us the the topless i8 Spyder concept.

Sadly the BMW i8 Spyder never really made any noise as of course BMW’s priorities were with the i3 and i8 which have both released in the past two years. There is still a consistent buzz around BMW’s i brand and the i3 and i8 still do look rather incredible on the roads.

BMW want to keep the buzz going as it is understood they have confirmed that the BMW i8 Spyder will be moving from concept to production form in the near future.

German newspaper Handelsblatt confirmed that a production version of the i8 Concept Spyder will make its debut in the near future after speaking with BMW CEO Harald Krueger.

The BMW i8 Spyder has apparently had multiple delays which is quite surprising as on the surface in concept form the i8 Spyder looked fairly close to being production ready.

Even still, maybe the removable roof panels, redesigned pillars and different elements that made the i8 Spyder what it is were possibly not too high up on BMW’s priority list to deal with at the time.

It is also understood that the BMW i8 Spyder is expected to keep the same powerplant as the BMW i8. That unit is a 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder engine which is paired with two electric motors producing 357hp.

However we can’t rule out an improved version of the powerplant as battery technology has certainly evolved since the arrival of the i3 and i8.

What do you think?

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