The first thing you’ll notice on the i8 roadster is that the small seats in the rear have been removed in order to fit the new convertible top. The convertible top of the i8 can be removed in 15 seconds with the press of a button. The i8 roadster is not a hardtop convertible it has a soft fabric top which looks great. The i8 roadster is roughly the same length, however, the i8 coupe is slightly taller. The roadster is 132 pounds heavier than the coupe but also receives an extra 17 hp bring the total horsepower to 374. The coupe will also get a power boost.
BMW is getting ready to release the all-new BMW i8 Roadster. The i8 appeared at the LA Auto Show in November and it looks amazing. The convertible version of the i8 looks even more futuristic now that the roof is gone. Sporty new 20 inch light alloy wheels shave almost 2.2 pounds of weight. The new i8 continues to be powered using Hybrid technology and is not fully electric yet. The electric engines and batteries have been upgraded with a more powerful electric engine and higher capacity batteries. The upgrades increased the range of the i8 roadster to 33 miles using all electric.
The new lithium-ion battery pack takes the i8 further than before by increasing the Ah from 20 Ah to 34 Ah while also boosting the capacity to 9.4 KWh of useable energy. The updated electric motor combined with the upgraded battery increase the total horsepower to 141hp an increase of 12 hp from the previous model. Both the three-cylinder, turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and the 6-speed automatic transmission, remains the same. With all of these performance increases the new i8 roadster can go from 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds.
This is the first convertible electric car from the BMW brand. The first-ever BMW i8 Roadster looks even better than the previous model. BMW has released an exclusive Copper color natural leather upholstery with roadster badging on the pillars. The infotainment system also gets an updated iDrive system. Although the rear seats have been removed there are 3 small compartments behind the seat that can provide additional storage. Combined they provide 3.5 cubic feet of space which is almost as much as the trunk. The new i8 comes in two new colors E-Copper metallic and Donington Grey metallic that are combined with grey accents. Another new feature is the addition of the BMW 360 Electric program that allows the i8 roadster to be charged completely in less than three hours.
Get behind the wheel of an i8 rental today with our BMW i8 rental service. We don’t have the i8 roadster available for rent yet but we will be the first to have it available when it comes out. The first-ever BMW i8 Roadster will be available for rent here. This open-top plug