As BMW's eco-pedantic 'i' sub-brand nears reality, the company has taken the wraps off a topless version of its i8 hybrid sports car concept.
Eye-catching in every sense of the word, the i8 Concept Spyder has upward-swivelling, windowless doors, laser headlights and a transparent tailgate through which its electric kickboards are proudly exposed.
The Spyder is shorter than the i8 2+2-seat tin top that's set to go on sale next year and only allows seating for two. While the concept itself has no roof, BMW says it's working on a two-section folding roof for this vehicle - this hinting that the open-top is also set for production.
Like the i8 tin-top, the Spyder is a plug-in hybrid that claims to combine the performance of a sports car with the fuel economy of a small hatch.
To achieve this, a 96kW electric motor on the front axle works together with a 164kW three-cylinder turbopetrol engine (powering the rear wheels) to allow a total system output of 260kW, while maximum torque amounts to a meaty 550Nm. According to BMW, the i8 Spyder will screech from standstill to 100km/h in just five seconds and on to a top speed of 250km/h.