The BMW i8 Spyder Concept has been all but banished into distant memory since it was unveiled three years ago, but it appears the topless version of the stunning RM1.2 million hybrid sports car will finally make it to production, if a report by Handelsblatt is to be believed.

Details are still scarce, but CEO Harald Krüger told the German publication that it will be coming soon. It should look similar to the concept – which has a shorter wheelbase over its hardtop cousin and a wraparound front windscreen – but the stylish rear buttress design will probably have to be redesigned to fit an actual roof mechanism. We’re also not sure if a transparent boot cover is very practical, either.


Whatever the production i8 Spyder will look like, it will almost certainly feature the regular i8’s mid-mounted 231 hp/320 Nm 1.5 litre TwinPower Turbo three-pot engine and six-speed automatic gearbox, supplemented by a front-mounted 131 hp/250 Nm electric motor, effectively providing all-wheel drive.

Total output is at 362 hp and 570 Nm, enough to get the coupé version from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 250 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 47.6 km per litre, with carbon dioxide emissions at 49 grams per kilometre.

GALLERY: BMW i8 Spyder Concept