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The 2013 BMW i8 Spyder Concept will be released at 2012 New York Auto Show and make its world premiere at the 2012 China Show in Beijing in late April.
“The sports car is based around the innovative LifeDrive architecture, itself underpinned by a lightweight modular construction and the use of high-quality high-tech materials,” BMW said in a statement. “Among the most eye-catching features of the BMW i8 Concept Spyder are the upward-swivelling, windowless doors and a range of purpose-oriented on-board equipment including electric kickboards stowed under a transparent tailgate.”
Like the BMW i8 hardtop, the i8 Spyder is based around a lightweight carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic structure, a two seater, solid panel doors with repositioned mirrors, a slightly shorter wheelbase and obviously no roof.
Inside, the cabin is equipped the new features include a pair of large displays, infotainment functions and a third screen is used for climate controls.
The energy-saving ECO PRO mode help the BMW i8 Spyder return a combined fuel consumption 3.0lt/100km, which comes out to around 78 miles per gallon. In addition, the lithium ion battery allows the roadster to travel in pure EV mode for about 19 miles on electric power.