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BMW i8 Spyder debuts with eDrive technology in Beijing

The Beijing Motor Show (better known as Auto China) opened today and among the big debuts was the formal introduction of the new BMW i8 Spyder and with it - announcing the new eDrive name given to the through the road hybrid drivetrain found in these sporty European super-hybrids.

Early this month, BMW issued a statement announcing the existence of the new BMW i8 Spyder – a topless version of the slippery i8 sport hybrid but today at Auto China, the i8 Spyder rolled into the public eye for the first time. In addition to introducing the open air version of the i8 hybrid sports car, today’s debut formally introduced the new eDrive name of the through the road hybrid drivetrain used in the i8 and i8 Spyder. The eDrive name applies to all upcoming electric and plug-in hybrid models coming in the near future from the BMW i lineup, which will include the compact, all-electric i3.

The eDrive system in the new BMW i8 Spyder includes a 131 horsepower electric motor that drives the front wheels and a 1.5L gasoline engine that drives the rear wheels with a total output of 354 horsepower and 405lb-ft of torque. This includes a 223 horsepower 3-cylinder gasoline engine, a lithium ion battery pack, a 131 horsepower electric motor that was developed internally by BMW and an intelligent motor management system that will be shared throughout all of the upcoming electric and hybrid models…although we would expect that we will see a wide variety of variations and output numbers from future models. This is the same drivetrain that we have seen in the concept versions of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 but with the debut of the i8 Spyder in Beijing – this is the first time that a model has worn the eDrive name.

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