Los Angeles Auto Show: Drop-Top BMW i8 Roadster Revealed

Los Angeles Auto Show: Drop-Top BMW i8 Roadster Revealed

Los Angeles Auto Show: Drop-Top BMW i8 Roadster Revealed

The new BMW i8 Roadster will be available from spring 2018 with pricing yet to be announced.

The BMW i8 Roadster has finally arrived, alongside an updated i8 coupe.

Of course you're going to need to make sure you're making some serious cash to afford either version of the i8 with a street price expected to be north of $150,000.

Both models sport an updated powertrain system, whose electric bit now delivers a 12 horsepower increase in peak output to 143 horsepower.

Power on both models has been increased and so has range with the cars now capable of zero emission motoring for up to 34 miles, nearly twice the distance possible on the original i8. Driving on electricity alone, the i8 can reach a maximum speed of 75mph once the eDrive button has been pressed.

The lengthy gestation period has seen the first open-top model from BMW's fledgling i brand adopt a re-engineered roof structure.

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Well you won't be able to run the automatic roof back too fast as this is limited to operation at 31 miles per hour and under plus it takes 16 seconds to fully open or close. A tiny, turbocharged aluminum rattlebox of an engine powered the i8's rear wheels and an electric motor churned the front for all-wheel drive excellence. The iconic gullwing doors have also been retained.

The new i8 features an aluminium body supporting a carbon fibre reinforced passenger cell and under the skin the i8's electronics have been given a boost with battery capacity increased by 14Ah to 34Ah.

The BMW i8 Roadster was long awaited since BMW showcased the i8 Spyder Concept back in 2012.

Now that formula has been enhanced with a refurbished design, some battery and motor tweaks, and the introduction of a two-seat topless i8 Roadster.

Standard features on both the coupe and roadster include a fast charging cable, the Professional satellite navigation system, the company's latest tile-based iDrive infotainment system, a freestanding 8.8-inch screen, dynamic damper control, automated emergency braking, cruise control, and a 2.2-inch touchscreen display built into the key fob.

For now the vehicle has merely been unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show - there's still no information as to when the new i8 Roadster goes on sale in the United Kingdom, or what it might cost. Inside there's also a Tera World Copper with E-Copper trim.

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