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30 November 2017, 01:03 | Dawn Berry
BMW i8 Roadster FINALLY arrives
This equates to a slightly slower 0-100kmh time of 4.6 seconds (i8 Coupe 4.5 secs).
The resulting space between the roof box and the seats is around 3.5 square feet, while the rear cargo area can hold 4.7 square feet of your BMW i8 cargo area-shaped objects. A tiny, turbocharged aluminum rattlebox of an engine powered the i8's rear wheels and an electricmotor churned the front for all-wheel drive excellence.
From an aesthetic point of view, it retains numerous familiar features of the i8 Coupe, which also takes advantage of the California motor show to undergo a bit of a refresh itself.
BMW tell us the Roadster's soft-top will open or close in around 15 seconds and at travelling speed up to 50 km/h. The soft-top can be stowed back in a cavity behind the seats in a perpendicular position. The sides skirts are also made of CFRP, with the i8 Roadster also featuring additional struts and panels in the front and rear axles for increased rigidity.
Perhaps more importantly though, the battery pack's capacity is up from 20 to 34 Ah, with the gross energy capacity going from 7.1 to 11.6 kilowatt hours.
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In terms of performance, the i8 now has a combined output of 369 horsepower, which is up 12 horsepower from before. The automaker claims the number of driving situations where the electric motor is exclusively responsible for powering the vehicle has been significantly increased, with the combustion engine only being brought into play when accelerating hard. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder gasoline engine is still present putting out 230bhp.
While the 2019 i8 Coupe keeps its 2+2 configuration, the new BMW i8 Roadster is a 2-seater, meant for the enjoyment of its driver and one lucky passenger.
Also new is BMW's latest 360° electric charging system. For reference, an i8 Coupe starts at $144,395 today.
With the addition of the folding roof mechanism and structural reinforcements, the i8 Roadster weighs 1595 kilograms, or around 60kg more than the coupe model. Top speed will be electronically-limited to 155 miles per hour.
The two-seat drop-top has been shown alongside a facelift for the i8 Coupe; both models share almost everything from the 374hp hybrid powertrain and new design to the interiors and features. Mpg has also been improved to 149.8mpg for the Coupe and 134.5mpg for the Roadster, although these numbers are always notoriously hard to replicate in the real world, unless you charge frequently and mainly undertake short journeys.
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