BMW launched the i8 in 2013 as a production model from the 2009 concept car. Now, almost five years later, the i8 has undergone a slight facelift and has added the roadster version to the lineup. The lithium-ion battery pack benefits from more efficient cells, packing 11.6 kWh of energy into the same space that originally stored only 7.1 kWh. Visually, the i8 roadster is even more striking than the coupe, and that’s saying something. By dispensing with the hard-roof model’s vestigial rear seats, the ragtop features an even lower roofline that emphasizes its supercar proportions. The roadster comes with a power-folding fabric top, two silver décor elements on the B-pillar, and a new air shutter on the front hood, which also carries over to the refreshed coupe. This design was changed because the previous element directed a warm flow of air toward the cabin; it didn’t matter on the coupe but could make things uncomfortable in the roadster when the top is down.
There is a new lightweight 20-inch wheel option, and BMW is launching two additional colors. The new copper tone is a nod at electrification; BMW likes to call the i8 an electric car even though it is really a plug-in hybrid. With the electric motor and combustion engine providing a total output of 369 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, the i8 Coupe and i8 Roadster more than live up to the sporting heritage of BMW – blowing through 0-60 mph in as little as 4.2 seconds.
Come see the i8 for yourself
At Peterson BMW, we are fortunate to have the first BMW i8 Roadster in Idaho! We would like to invite you in to take a look. This is a very rare opportunity, come by and say hello we would be happy to have you.
2019 BMW i8 Roadster AC Synchronous Electric Motor; 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery; 1.5 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder; fully charged in approx. 3 hours
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content source: Car and Driver