BMW presented in the Los Angeles Auto Show 2017 the new i8 Roadster, the convertible version of your sports car plug-in hybrid.
The new i8 Roadster joins the range of plug-in hybrid sports cars of the German brand and its main difference is the possibility of opening its roof. Its electrical operation allows the vehicle to fully open and close its hood in 15 seconds, while driving at speeds of up to 50 km / h.
The sports car is equipped with a 143-horsepower electric motor and a 231-horsepower three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, bringing the total power to 374 horsepower.
The electric motor gives the i8 Roadster 53 kilometers of autonomy, combined with the gasoline engine with an average consumption of 2,1 liters per 100 kilometers and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 46 grams per kilometer.
Compared to the i8 Coupé, the new Roadster loses the two rear seats to accommodate a 92-liter cargo space, in addition to the 154-liter boot shared by both models. In addition, it keeps the doors opening upwards, which according to the company, was a “challenge” due to the lack of a fixed roof. The i8 Roadster weighs 1.595 kilograms, approximately 60 kilograms more than the new BMW i8 Coupé.
According to the company, the i8 models launched in 2014 have been pioneers in different aspects such as the manufacture of the carbon fiber chassis or the production of laser headlights in series.