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BMW i8 Roadster revealed as its most gorgeous hybrid yet

BMW i8 Roadster revealed as its most gorgeous hybrid yet

The i8 Roadster comes more than five years after it was originally unveiled as a concept at the 2012 Beijing motor show and two years since a more production-based concept was unveiled at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Its cell capacity is up from 20 Ah to 34 Ah, while the gross energy capacity has been increased from 7.1 kWh to 11.6 kWh.

Sales of the BMW i8 Roadster are set to commence in spring 2018 with pricing announcements closer to the market launch.

The BMW i8 Roadster has finally arrived, alongside an updated i8 coupe.

Top speed in both the coupe and roadster is 250km/h.

After just a couple of years since the BMW i8's release, the model is getting a refresh and a new convertible variant.

The 2019 i8 coupe is estimated by BMW to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds, and the i8 Roadster is said to hit that speed in 4.4 seconds.

2018 BMW i8 Coupe and Roadster

The all-wheel-drive i8 is powered by a combination of a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder combustion engine and two electric motors, with one dedicated to the front wheels.

A boost of power to 369 horsepower means zero-to-100 km/h times now dwell in 4.6-second area for the Roadster, and around 4.4 for the coupe.

The Roadster gains 60kg over the coupe, mainly on account of the reworked chassis that allows for the folding roof. (249 Nm) of torque as in today's i8 Coupe via a 2-speed gearbox to the front wheels. That inline three, six speed engine in turbocharged to output an impressive 228 horsepower.

I've always been a fan of the somewhat controversial design of the BMW i8 and I still am with this new version and especially with what they did with the new roadster.

Going into more detail, the aluminium parts of the hood have been made using 3D printing, in order to obtain greater precision, while BMW claims to have worked thoroughly on the insulation - both thermal and acoustic. The new 20-inch alloy wheels that come with the auto shave off 1kg each over the previous seen on the vehicle. Also on offer is a new upholstery option, Tera World Copper with E-Copper upholstery.

The interior of the 2019 BMW i8 sees design changes for infotainment and driver information screens. In electric-only mode, the top speed is 120km/h, while the driving range is now up to 53km in the soft-top, and 55km in the coupe.


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