German carmaker, BMW revealed a new model in China at the Auto Show. Its name is the i8 Concept Spyder. It rides on a shortened wheelbase and it has a semi-transparent hood. The special windscreen features an integrated spoiler and the carmaker also offered laser headlights, a rear diffuser and upward opening doors. On the inside it features carbon fiber trim and leather upholstery. Under the hood it has a plug-in hybrid power-train made of an electric motor capable of developing 129 horsepower and a 3-cylinder petrol engine that develops another 220 horsepower. The combined output of the new roadster reaches 349 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque. This amount of power enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and to reach a top speed of 250 km/h.
BMW i8 Concept Spyder with BMW eDrive in Beijing. New designation for the drive technology of all future electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is celebrating its world premiere at the Auto China 2012 in Beijing (23 April - 2 May 2012) and the rear-end of the car clearly bears the eDrive emblem for the new technology. In future, the designation eDrive will identify the drive technology for all electric and plug-in hybrid cars from BMW i.
BMW eDrive comprises the components of the electric drivetrain: the electric motor developed in-house by BMW, the lithium-ion battery, and finally the intelligent motor management system. This technology ensures that electromobility with BMW eDrive offers a unique experience. This is because the full torque of the electric motor is available from a standing start and the acceleration unfolds continuously in thoroughbred electric vehicles until the top speed is attained. Vehicles with BMW eDrive technology are therefore extremely agile and offer enormous driving pleasure. The lithium-ion battery cells and the intelligent motor management system also offer a substantial increase in range and power for the vehicle.
The future will see BMW eDrive technology empowering all electric drives - electric and plug-in vehicles from BMW i - giving them the capability for being particularly dynamic and smart.
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