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2015 Lamborghini Estoque

 2015 Lamborghini Estoque

2015 Lamborghini Estoque

Lamborghini Estoque Convertible four-door supercar has been rumoring to join the production line. This hot supercar model has created a lot of astonishment among the car enthusiasts when displayed at the 2008 Paris Motorshow.

 2015 Lamborghini Estoque

2015 Lamborghini Estoque

The 2015 Lamborghini Estoque Convertible four-door supercar is expected to be released in 2014 after years of being left aside. The new model seems to evolve from an earlier version of the Lamborghini Espada which was the manufacturer’s first-ever four-door model.

 2015 Lamborghini Estoque

2015 Lamborghini Estoque

It is expected that a 2015 Lamborghini Estoque Convertible four-door supercar version will be launched as a concept in 2015 model and will be scheduled for production in 2016. As we are accustomed by Lamborghini, the “Estoque” model has been named this way after the spade used by matadors, carrying on this way the untamed bull legacy.

 2015 Lamborghini Estoque

2015 Lamborghini Estoque

There is also a slight chance that the Lamborghini Estoque Convertible four-door supercar might be available with a hybrid drive-train developed for Audi A8 in the near future. However, the four-door sport sedan might have an ace on its sleeve giving the fact that it will be more luxurious than its competitors, which will also mean a higher price tag. It is expected that this exquisite Lamborghini Estoque Convertible four-door supercar will cost you around $230.000.

 2015 Lamborghini Estoque

2015 Lamborghini Estoque dash

2015 BMW i8 Concept Spyder

The 2015 BMW’s i8 Concept Spyder shows that no matter how high-tech, carbon-fiber-clad, or battery-laden the car, some conventional rules still apply. In this case, even the mighty Bavarian automaker couldn’t escape the Aristotelian maxim, “Where there is a coupe, soon follows a convertible.” (We may be a bit rusty on our Greek history.) And so we have this i8 Concept Spyder, which essentially is an i8 coupe without a fixed roof. Critically, though, the i8 Spyder looks more like a production vehicle than did the coupe concept, and so it gives us a decent idea of what both body styles will look like when they actually go on sale.

2015 BMW i8 Concept Spyder

2015 BMW i8 Concept Spyder

The fundamental construction of both roofed and roofless 2015 BMW i8 is the same: a carbon-fiber passenger cell called the “Life Module” mated with the “Drive Module,” which contains the electric motor for propulsion, lithium-ion battery pack for energy storage, and three-cylinder gasoline range-extender. There are, however, many differences between the i8 coupe and Spyder.

For starters, BMW says the open-top car is a little shorter overall than the i8 coupe, and the wheelbase is shorter, too. The proportions look more like those of an actual car, and the driver no longer appears to sit in the forward half of the wheelbase.

2015 BMW i8 Concept Spyder

2015 BMW i8 Concept Spyder

Doors are now made of opaque material presumably the same thermoplastic that covers the rest of the exterior and they have bona-fide handles to open them. We saw the same thing on an i8 prototype recently caught by our spy photographers. The doors are still hinged at the front and swing upward and outward. Above them, a windscreen surround is now black instead of body-color, and the side windows actually look like they could slide down into the doors. Around back, the Spyder is similar to the coupe below the beltline, but above it, replaces the coupe’s sheet of glass (or plastic) with a panel incorporating dual fairings. BMW also has added a gimmicky storage bay for two electric scooters. It’s unknown how the open-air area will be covered in production form.The car will feature all-LED lighting, and not the laser-based units currently under development.

2015 BMW i8 Concept Spyder

2015 BMW i8 Concept Spyder

The Spyder’s interior also looks just a hint more ready for real life than the coupe’s. The psychedelic center console seems to be coming down from its trip, with real buttons next to the shifter, a discernible climate control system, and a standard iDrive knob.

Stashed beneath the i8 Concept Spyder’s body panels and interior trimmings you’ll find the same powertrain from the coupe. A 129-hp electric motor lives up front, and a turbocharged 220-hp inline-three is mounted in the rear. BMW says total output is 349 hp and 406 lb-ft, and that power can be shunted to the front, rear, or all four wheels. It’s possible that both the i8 coupe and Spyder could get much more power, as there won’t be an M version.

2015 BMW i8 Concept Spyder

2015 BMW i8 Concept Spyder

For the first 19 miles, the 2015 BMW i8 can run on electricity alone; after that, the gasoline engine kicks on and both feeds power to the rear wheels and juices the battery pack. Recharge time is said to be two hours on a 240-volt European power outlet. Overall weight won’t be too different between the coupe and convertible i8s the rigid passenger compartment shouldn’t need any strengthening and so BMW claims both cars will do the run to 60 in five seconds or less.

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The i8 models will be built at BMW’s Leipzig plant; we expect this Spyder to arrive in 2014, or roughly the same time as the coupe.


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2015 bmw i8 front view

2015 bmw i8 front view

 

2015 bmw i8 convertible

2015 bmw i8 convertible

 

2015 bmw i8 convertible

2015 bmw i8 convertible

 

2015 bmw i8 rear view

2015 bmw i8 rear view