Remember that plug-in hybrid supercar that BMW has been working on — the BMW i8, as I recall? Well, here it is with its top off. As the third conceptual addition to the German automaker’s new i-Series sub-brand, the BMW i8 Spyder (convertible) is said to embody “the future of cutting-edge and emotionally appealing mobility concepts.”
Like the i8 coupe, the i8 Spyder’s rear wheels are powered by a mid-mounted turbocharged, 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 223 horsepower (164 kW), while its front wheels are motivated by a 131-HP (96 kW) electric motor. Together, the two engines produce a combined 354-HP (260 KW) and 405 lb-ft of torque, allowing the plug-in hybrid supercar to run from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in 5 seconds on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The i8 Spyder’s impressive drivetrain allows it to be front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive depending on whether the driver desires efficiency, performance or all-weather traction. A lithium-ion battery pack enables it to travel up to 19 miles (13 km) on electric power alone, while its perfect 50:50 weight distribution allows for optimal handling performance. BMW says the system delivers up to 94 miles per gallon on the Imperial cycle (around 78 mpg US).
While virtually identical to the i8 coupe, the Spyder is a little different — aside from its retractable roof — in that it has a slightly shorter wheelbase and length, in addition to unique upward-swivelling, windowless doors. Another distinguishing feature is the pair of electric scooters stowed under its transparent tailgate.
Inside, the i8 Spyder is characterized by a mixture of plastic, carbon and leather, in addition to an 8-inch (22.4 cm) screen that displays all relevant driving information in three-dimensional, high-resolution quality. The cockpit and centre console are also said to feature slight modifications over the Coupe.
The BMW i8 Spyder made its world debut at the Beijing Motor Show. It has reportedly been approved for production.
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Arrives with More Power, Better Performance
Porsche rounded out its 718 lineup by unveiling the 2017 Cayman at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. The German sports coupe joins the 718 Boxster roadster.
The new 718 Cayman has near identical technical specifications to its soft top counterpart. The naturally-aspirated flat-six engines of the previous model have been replaced with a two-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower and 280lb-ft of torque and, in the more capable Cayman S, a 2.5-liter engine that produces 350 horsepower and 309lb-ft.
Each powerplant boasts 25-horsepower more than their respective predecessor, and Porsche claims that the base Cayman only requires 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour, while the Cayman S does the deed in 4.0 seconds flat.
Porsche also re-engineered the suspension and upgraded the brakes to accommodate the increased performance. Depending on the region, a six-speed manual transmission and/or seven-speed PDK twin-clutch automatic will be available.
Torque vectoring is optional, as are various individual upgrades.
For the first time ever, the Cayman is now priced lower than the equivalent Boxster. Prices in the United State start at at $54,950 (including destination) for the base model and at $67,350 for the Cayman S.
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Citroen C6 Has Been Revived for China Better Than Ever
Four years after the original model was cancelled in Europe, the Citroen C6 has been resurrected as a China-only model, making its world debut at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show.
The new C6 might very well be a Dongfeng Fengshen A9, which itself is based on PSA Peugeot Citroën’s EMP2 platform. It is less distinctively-styled than its predecessor, which , but comes across as a handsome executive sedan that will surely turn heads with its bold grille.
With an overall length of over 16 feet and a wheelbase of 9.5 feet, it offers more than enough roof four give passengers. The luxurious interior can be equipped with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a large touchscreen display for infotainment duties, Nappa leather seats, four-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Citroen C6 is believed to be powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter gasoline engine that produces 204 horsepower and 280 newton meters of torque, sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
An even more luxurious DS-branded edition of the large sedan will likely be introduced later on.
Acura CDX Small SUV Debuts in China, Based on Honda HR-V
Acura used the 21016 Beijing Motor Show to show off its newest model, the CDX. The small SUV is the first Acura to be built in China.
Although based on the same platform that underpins the Honda HR-V, the CDX looks completely different from the Honda, featuring a unique front fascia highlighted by a bold hexagonal grille and headlight design inspired by the Acura Precision Concept that debuted earlier at the Detroit Auto Show.
The rear end is more subdued, but still looks like nothing seen on the HR-V.
Opening the front doors reveals a uniquely Acura interior with a higher quality materials and more available options than any Honda of its size.
A 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is the only powerplant Chinese buyers get, at least initially, and it produces 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. Both front- and all-wheel drive configurations are available, each with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Acura CDX goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2016. It is unclear if the Japanese automaker will sell the compact luxury crossover in North America, Europe and other markets, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually does considering how red-hot the global crossover-SUV segment is.