"Automotive manipulator" Theophilus Chin is back with several renders of the BMW i8 Spyder.

“Automotive manipulator” Theophilus Chin is back with several renders of the BMW i8 Spyder.

BMW revealed the 2014 i8 in production guise last week at the Frankfurt Motor Show and reports are already indicating a spyder version will come out sometime next year. It will use the same internals as its fixed-roof sibling and will maintain virtually the same design. While the i8 coupe costs approximately 135,000 USD, the spyder will have a starting price of around 150,000 USD.

Power will come from the same three-cylinder, 1.5-liter gasoline TwinPower Turbo engine delivering 231 HP (170 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. The conventional engine will drive the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission, while a 131 HP (96 kW) electric motor will motivate the front axle through a two-stage automatic gearbox. As a result of this hardware arrangement, the i8 Spyder will have a combined output of 362 HP (266 kW) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque.

The coupe completes the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 4.4 seconds so the spyder version should do it in 4.5 or 4.6 seconds due to the added weight. Fuel consumption will be around 2.5 liters / 100 km (94 mpg US or 113 mpg UK), with electric range standing at about 22 miles (35 km). When used as a hybrid, the i8 Spyder will travel for up to 310 miles (500 km) before running out of juice.