Scoop: BMW i8 Spyder Is Really Happening

What we have here is the first solid proof that a roadster version of BMW’s futuristic i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is on its way.

While these camera phone shots aren’t of the best quality, they do reveal some of the differences over the original i8 Spyder Concept from 2012 (the more recent doorless i8 Vision Future from last year’s CES doesn’t count), including the full height door windows and a restyled pair of rear buttresses with a window placed in between.

There’s no information on the top, but from the looks of it, the Spyder may use a removable targa roof, possibly stored in the car, to protect passengers from nature’s elements.

The Spyder is being developed together with the facelifted i8 Coupe and as such, will incorporate the same design and technical revisions, which are expected to include longer-range battery, a more powerful 1.5-liter three-pot and electric motor combination, a revised suspension and new gadgets. Both models will be introduced next year, according to BMW boss Harald Krueger.

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  • Kash

    what was the point of camo if they’re just gonna roll around without a top on?

    • Bash

      very good one 😀

    • MultiKdizzle

      Probably has facelifted bumpers/lights.

  • SteersUright

    I fail to see the excitement behind this car. It would not be my choice at $150k. But, and a big butt at that, I appreciate the chutzpah BMW has to innovate and experiment with cars like these so I hope they sell many of them.

  • smartacus

    the sound of nobody caring
    is really happening

  • fabri99

    This is happening way too late.