BMW Officially Launch the New i8 Roadster
Ahead of its launch in May, BMW officially unveiled the much anticipated i8 Roadster during a media event in Mallorca last week. The two-seater has been the world’s highest selling hybrid sports car since its original launch in 2014, and with emission-free mobility, the 2018 version looks to carry on the high performance drop-top tradition.
Style-wise, the i8 has been leading the way in hybrid sports for years now. And that won’t be changing anytime soon. But it’s beneath the hood where BMW have really taken the i8’s over-riding concept of ‘sustainability’ to the next level.
The battery cell capacity, for example, has been improved from 7.1 to 11.6 kWh, while the electric motor’s peak output has also be enhanced by 12hp to a total of 143hp. All this means that the sports car now offers a maximum range of 34 miles – which is around 50% more than the previous incarnation.
The i8 Roadster is all about ‘sustainable speed’, which means despite the green-ness, BMW have still managed to get this beauty racing from 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds and with a total torque of 250 nm. It can also reach a top speed of 156mph – more than enough to drive along the Med with your top down and not feel like your face is going to fall off!
To hit the numbers, BMW have ensured the Roadster features a low-weight construction, a low centre of gravity and even weight distribution. The aerodynamically optimised exterior – with gorgeous gullwing doors – is where much of this trifecta has been achieved.
But more about that soft-top… the new i8 Roadster will look up to find either the open sky or a high-quality, all-season fabric soft-top with additional soundproofing. The all-electric operation ensures the roof opens or closes in near silence, within 15 seconds and while travelling at up to 50km/h, if the heavens open unexpectedly.
The new BMW i8 Roadster is set to go on sale in May with prices starting from £124,735. Head over to the BMW Website for more details.
Earlier this month, BMW announced its first ever all-electric MINI ahead of the New York International Auto Show.