BMW confirmed plans to rollout a convertible version of the i8 back in March. Now the brand is providing us an official teaser of what will be called the i8 Roadster when it rolls out in time for the 2018 model year.
BMW is leveraging the launch of the new Roadster variant as an opportunity to update the existing i8 Coupe as well, which has been on the market since 2014 with only modest changes since. As noted from the teaser video and recent spy shots, the revised i8 appears to have new headlights and taillights, as well as revised fascias. It also appears the coupe model will now feature a removable roof.
Although unconfirmed by BMW, the new i8 is also expected to rollout some new technology inside as well. The new technology is expected to be borrowed from the i Future Interaction concept car BMW showed at the Consumer Electronics Show, which featured gesture control and other advanced tech.
Power for both versions of the new i8 are expected to remain status quo. This means a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder will rest above the rear axle, while an electric motor will remain upfront. Despite lacking major changes over the axles, the car is expected to have additional power and electric range.
Expect further details later this year when BMW formally rolls out the 2018 i8 Roadster.
Icon of a new era: powerful and unstoppable.The first ever BMW i8 Roadster is getting ready to lift up its wings in 2018.__________All figures are preliminary:BMW i8 Roadster plug-in hybrid BMW eDrive: energy consumption (combined): 15,4 kWh/100 km. Fuel consumption (combined): 2,0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions (combined): 45 g/km. Fuel consumption is determined in accordance with the ECE driving cycle (93/116/EC), made up of approximately one-third urban traffic and two-thirds extra-urban driving (based on the distance covered).Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines', which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany and on http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html
Posted by BMW i on Monday, July 3, 2017