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LONG-AWAITED SPYDER EXPECTED IN 2017 ALONG WITH REFRESHED EV COUPE, REPORT SAYS
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Eight months ago, BMW CEO Harald Krueger told the German paper Handelsblatt that a production version of the long-teased i8 Spyder plug-in hybrid would debut in the near future. BMW previewed a drop-top version of its gas-electric halo car for the i brand in 2012, which in the automotive world is several geological ages ago.
Australia's Motoring now reports the long-delayed Spyder will finally break cover at the Paris motor show at the end of September, along with an updated and facelifted version of the regular i8 coupe. Specifically, the duo will feature a longer-range battery, a wireless charging system, reworked suspension and a more powerful electric motor. The two are expected to go on sale in the second half of 2017.
The current i8 debuted in 2014 and is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine paired with front and rear electric motors, producing a combined output of 357 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The coupe has an all-electric range of 15 miles, something BMW has sought to improve not just for the utility of all-electric commuting but to avoid being left behind as other hybrids surge past when it comes to plug-in range.
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