It’s been three long years since BMW unveiled the i8 Spyder concept, which is essentially an open top version of the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Now BMW has announced the company is finally going to put the i8 Spyder into production. CEO Harald Krueger said it will arrive in the “near future.”


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With its removable roof panels, the i8 Spyder makes the i8 the perfect plug-in hybrid for cities like Los Angeles and Miami, yet it’s somewhat surprising that it has taken this long to enter production. When the i8 Spyder was unveiled as a concept three years ago, it seemed so close to production, we expected it to arrive shortly after the standard i8.

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When the BMW i8 Spyder does arrive it will most likely have the same electrified powertrain as the standard i8, but thanks to new advances in battery technology, it could have a longer EV driving range. We are looking forward to seeing whether BMW will reveal a new concept version of the i8 Spyder at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.

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