BMW i8 Concept Roadster to debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show

There have been rumors recently that BMW will be bringing a new concept for its ‘BMW i’ brand to the 2012 LA Auto Show – so far the German automaker has only confirmed that the i8 Spyder Concept will be coming to the City of Angeles.

The model will be called the BMW i8 Concept Roadster for its stateside debut.

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Whether or not BMW plans on bringing another ‘i’ concept to LA remains to be seen.

Refresher: Power for the BMW i8 Spyder Concept comes from the same setup as the i8 coupe. A 131-hp electric-motor drives the front axle while a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine making 220-hp and 221 lb-ft of torque moves the rear axle. Together, the system produced 349-hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a twin-speed transmission, the BMW i8 Spyder Concept runs from 0 to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. On a full charge of its lithium-ion battery, the BMW i8 Spyder provides all-electric driving range of approximately 20 miles with a total range of around 400 miles. BMW says that the two-seater burns just three litres of petrol per 100 kilometers, which comes out to around 78 miles per gallon.

– By: Omar Rana