BMW unveiled the i8 Spyder concept over three years ago but BMW Chairman Harald Krüger has reportedly confirmed it is finally headed for production.

BMW unveiled the i8 Spyder concept over three years ago but BMW Chairman Harald Krüger has reportedly confirmed it is finally headed for production.

Krüger was tight-lipped on specifics but told Handelsblatt the model will be introduced relatively soon.  There's no word on timing but BMW delivered the first i8s in mid-2014 so hopefully the company doesn't intend of making us wait too much longer.

It remains unclear how much the production model will have in common with the concept but the latter had a semi-transparent hood, an open top design and a rakish windscreen with an integrated spoiler.  The model also had stylish rear buttresses and a shortened wheelbase.

The i8's plug-in hybrid powertrain will likely carryover and consist of a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This setup enables the coupe to produce a combined maximum output of 362 PS (266 kW).  In terms of performance, the model can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).  Of course, the real standout feature is the ability to return 2.1 L/100 km (134.5 mpg UK / 112 mpg US) and travel up to 37 km (23 miles) on electricity alone.

Source: Handelsblatt via Autovisie

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