Let’s check the facts on the BMW i8. We have learned that the i8 is heading into production and we know that there is an i8 Spyder now in the “concept” phase. One thing we haven’t seen or heard yet is real life driving videos. On April 2nd, Bimmerpost was kind enough to post a video of the i8 Spyder driving in several situations.

The first video is a nighttime drive in an “undisclosed” location, which is obviously Port Boulevard in Miami, right by the Heat’s home court – yeah, we played sleuth and got an actual picture from the exact position the cameraman was in (after the jump). The second video is of the i8 Spyder cruising through a car garage, which again is likely in Miami.

Okay enough of playing detective. This is the first time we have actually gotten good audio of this gasoline-electric hybrid running and it sounds absolutely awesome. In the first video you can hear the turbocharged 1.3-liter engine and the electric motor working in perfect harmony, making the perfect sound for a “future” car. Hearing it makes us think of The Jetsons meet Back to the Future Part II.

What we can’t wait for is the first time they let someone outside of BMW test the i8 and really push it hard. Hearing this car cranking away at high rpm is likely a sweet melody. We’ll just have to wait a while for that. Until then, we can just enjoy the videos.

Click past the jump for additional videos and our crack detective work on Google Maps.

Testing Area in Miami

BMW i8 Spyder Driving Footage
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BMW i8 Spyder testing site

Driving Footage

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  (365) posted on 06.26.2012

Once you see it perform, you’ll definitely wish to see it longer.

  (407) posted on 06.25.2012

I would love to stroll in Miami with this Spyder.

  (224) posted on 06.22.2012

I can’t get enough of its performance!

  (544) posted on 06.21.2012

Is there any video available for the Spyder? I find it hard to watch since it’s lacking with scenes that depict the strong performance and stance of the i8 Spyder.

  (194) posted on 06.20.2012

I couldn’t really care less about its noise; the speedy run is much more worth watching out for.

  (831) posted on 06.14.2012

From its roaring engine, one would expect it as a very powerful performer because of the intimidating sound it creates.

  (442) posted on 05.17.2012

This BMW car is like masked on its front fascia. It seems to me that it is pure of aesthetic appeal.

  (466) posted on 05.13.2012

It’s already clear on its noise that this innovation is so muscular. Once you see it, the appearance and performance will prove you what the noise’s impression has given you.

  (553) posted on 05.10.2012

Similar to its muscular appearance, the BMW i8 Spyder also produces a powerful noise other than a high performance.

  (484) posted on 05.2.2012

BMW i8 Spyder has a very masculine vibe! It’s inexplicably evident on its exterior design, performance, and even on the noise it makes.

  (714) posted on 04.4.2012

I’m smitten with this BMW model; it has an intimidating manly aura which is supported by its very powerful performance. The sound of its engine is truly like a beautiful melody.

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