BMW continues to write a chapter on its hybrid sports car by introducing the new i8 Roadster. This November, the German automaker revealed that this version has a bigger battery pack, which means it has greater range and capacity. Perhaps the best of all is that the BMW i8 is now available in a convertible version with a soft roof that can be lowered in just 15 seconds at a speed of 50 kilometers per hour. The roof opens with a touch of a button, and it is all-electric.
BMW i8 is a sports car, hybrid, and it’s even convertible which gives it a futuristic vibe. It debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show next to an updated Coupe version. The basics of those two are the same: a plug-in hybrid drive, an aluminum chassis with a car body made of carbon fiber and aluminum.
Both the Coupe and the Roadster are equipped with driving assistance systems that include: Park Distance Control, Speed Limit and No Passing Info, High Beam Assistant, Collision and Pedestrian Warning, and the Top View and Side View functions.
What is new?
What’s different in the updated version is a battery that now has a capacity of 11.6 kWh (the previous had 7 kWh), so the car will be able to cross even more miles, and it will do it faster. A 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine now produces 231 horsepower (previously it produced 228), and the electric engine now produces 143 horsepower (it previously produced 131).
This means that the i8 coupe now has a total of 374 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.2 seconds, while the Roadster version requires 4.4 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 kilometers per hour. With an improved battery, this car can reach 105 kilometers or even 120 kilometers in eDrive driving mode with just electric power.
BMW i8 will be on sale next spring. The price is not yet released but it will start at 135 thousand USD dollars. More information will be available in may 2018, when this vehicle hits the dealerships.