Icon – BMW i8 Spyder 2012 concept

Meet the motor that'll have even the wimpiest of arachnophobes begging to get behind its wheel

That is one nice looking set of wheels

Isn't it just? Shame about the dodgy spelling though. Still, the sleek streamlined chassis coupled with up-swinging gullwing doors make for a car that's as easy on the eyes at it is on the environment.

Come again?

The BMW i8 Spyder is a hybrid with a 129hp electric motor driving the front wheels and a three-cylinder turbo petrol engine sending 220bhp to the back axle. All that results in 349bhp, a top speed of 155mph and a 0-62mph time of five seconds. A two hour charge will provide 19 miles of pure leccy power, and the battery will recharge on the go every time you coast or cruise to a stop


Not yet it isn't. BMW's convertible hybrid roller won't be out till at least 2014. Look on the bright side though, you can save up a few extra pennies for some go-faster stripes and hi-tech speed holes. Science be praised.

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