It’s been a great addition to the BMW range, now the i8 will welcome a second variant – a roadster.
Teased numerous times in the past, BMW has finally undressed the new topless i8 at the LA Auto Show.
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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 2+2 BMW i8 Roadster will boast the same hybrid/electric powertrain as the conventional version (boosted for 2018 by 9kW).
Though weight is up by around 60kg over the hard-top variant.
This equates to a slightly slower 0-100kmh time of 4.6 seconds (i8 Coupe 4.5 secs).
While combined fuel consumption jumps 0.2L/100km to 2.1L/100km.
Lastly, BMW has also confirmed the i8 Roadster will have a slightly different suspension/steering tune, the Munich-based manufacturer telling us this allows the Roadster to retain the trademark handling and performance qualities.
No word yet on Australian availability or pricing, we will keep you updated.
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