BMW i8 Roadster – The Future Looks Beautiful
BMW i8 Roadster joins the future of Plug-in Hybrid along with the BMW i8 Coupe
When BMW introduced head turning i8 Coupe in 2013, BMW made sure to optimize the opportunity. Hence the end product was a beauty with brains. A plug-in hybrid stunning sports car showcasing the smart future tech with butterfly doors and head-up-display, laser headlights and near gasoline smelling fuel economy of 2.1 L/100 km and delivering a total range of range of 530 km (330 mi). All this from an eDrive 1.5L turbocharged Inline 3 cylinder engine gasoline combined with a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Now BMW finally brings in the production variant of the coupe and it’s called the i8 Roadster with enhanced eDrive technology, enabling longer range and more time in pure-electric mode. the all-new production ready i8 Roadster will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December 2017, followed by a market launch from May 2018. This i8 Roadster will provide a superior open-top motoring experience. Pressing the eDrive button enables virtually silent and locally emission-free driving at up to 120 km/h. Emotionally powerful exterior design with an elegantly dynamic, stretched silhouette; a visually lower center of gravity.
Premium and high-quality soft-top covers a large area and has a unique mechanism. All-electric roof opens and closes very quietly of course– at the touch of a button in mere 15 seconds and this action can be performed while traveling at up to 50 km/h. Soft-top stows away in a space-saving perpendicular position, creating around 100 liters of additional storage space behind the seats.
The new i8 Roadster will follow the coupe’s mechanical bits and will remain as Plug-in hybrid drive. BMW has upgraded the eDrive technology. Cell capacity of the lithium-ion high-voltage battery up from 20 to 34 Ah, gross energy capacity up from 7.1 to 11.6 kWh. Electric motor with max. output raised by 9 kW/12 hp to 105 kW/143 hp. Enhanced dynamics and markedly increased the scope for locally emission-free driving. Driving with the electric motor alone is possible at up to 105 km/h (previously 70 km/h). Pressing the eDrive button pushes the pure-electric driving threshold up to 120 km/h. Electric range: 53 kilometres/33 miles (BMW i8 Roadster), 55 kilometres/34 miles (BMW i8 Coupe). The three-cylinder petrol engine has an unchanged output of 170 kW/231 hp. Engine acoustics and emissions optimised with an integrated particulate filter. Combined petrol consumption: 2.1 l/100 km (BMW i8 Roadster), 1.9 l/100 km* (BMW i8 Coupe), CO2 emissions from petrol: 46 g/km* (BMW i8 Roadster), 42 g/km* (BMW i8 Coupe).
New BMW i8 Roadster fitted as standard with exclusive 20-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design. Each wheel weighs approx. one kilogram less than the lightest rim previously available. New E-Copper metallic and Donington Grey metallic exterior paint finish for the BMW i8 Roadster and BMW i8 Coupe. Carpo interior design is standard on both models, for the BMW i8 Roadster exclusively in Ivory White/Black and for the BMW i8 Coupe in Ivory White. New optional Accaro interior trim in Amido/E-Copper. Model-specific “Roadster”/ “Coupe” lettering on the C-pillars.
Standard specification for both models comprises the Navigation system Professional, BMW Display Key, Driving Assistant incl. Surround View, and a mode 2 charging cable. Tile-based menu design in Control Display, with live mode. Options include BMW Head‑Up Display with model-specific content, non-dazzling BMW Laserlight with BMW Selective Beam, and acoustic pedestrian warning.
On sale from January 2018, prices for the BMW i8 Coupé starts at £112,730 OTR and the Roadster is priced from £124,730 OTR.