BMW Chairman Harald Krüger recently revealed the company would introduce the i8 Spyder soon and a new report is indicating the automaker will unveil a new i8 Spyder concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.

BMW Chairman Harald Krüger recently revealed the company would introduce the i8 Spyder soon and a new report is indicating the automaker will unveil a new i8 Spyder concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.

Details are limited but the concept is rumored to be a thinly-veiled preview of the upcoming production model.  Given its debut at CES, the car will likely come packaged with high-tech features and an assortment of safety systems.  Autocar is also reporting the concept will likely have powertrain and battery pack "alterations" to give it an electric-only in excess of 23 miles (37 km).

Despite the performance tweaks, the model is expected to feature a familiar plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery pack.  This enables the current i8 coupe to produce 357 bhp (362 PS / 266 kW), accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds, and hit a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

A BMW spokesperson declined to say when the production model will arrive but the publication suggests the i8 Spyder could be launched within the next year.

Source: Autocar

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