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Upcoming BMW i8 Roadster

BMW i8 Roadster
October 2020 Expected Launch
2.8 - 3 Crore Expected Price

BMW i8 Roadster was showcased in India at the 2018 Auto Expo. Pricing for the new i8 Roadster wasn’t revealed at the Expo stage. However, BMW will soon launch the open-top hybrid sports car in India given the response the standard i8 has garnered in the country. Expect the price tag to be slightly over its coupe sibling but slightly under the Rs 3 crore mark.

The i8 Roadster becomes the third member of BMW’s futuristic i family. The open-top i8 carries forward all the hardware of the i8 Coupe along with the design language. The CFRP construction ensures lightweight. Therefore, the drop-head i8 is just 60 kilograms heavier than its hard-top sibling. The all-electric roof opens and closes at a touch of a button in 15 seconds and while travelling at up to 50kmph. The soft-top can be stowed back in a cavity behind the seats in a perpendicular position. BMW has modified the windscreen as well in order to accommodate the new roof. The windscreen now gets a strengthened frame and larger quarter windows. The rear window doubles up as a wind deflector and can also be closed or opened independently without the roof.

On the inside, the cabin has been updated similar to the i8 Coupe. The Roadster gets special seats, bespoke tuning for springs, damping and Dynamic Stability Control. The stylish 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels come as standard. The 8.8-inch free-standing iDrive system now gets an option of touchscreen control. The 2+2 seating configuration is now changed to a strict two-seater.

Powering the i8 Roadster is the same eDrive plug-in hybrid drive system but is now more powerful than before. The battery pack is upgraded to 11.6kWh over 7.1kWh. The electric motors now produce 105kW/143bhp and can drive the car to 105kmph on pure battery power which can be increased to 120kmph at a push of a (eDrive) button. The electric range is now claimed to be 53 kilometres. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder gasoline engine is still present putting out 230bhp. The combined power output of 369bhp and 570Nm is channelled through a six-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels.

Key Specifications

key specificaiton
  • Petrol 1.5-litre | Power 369 bhp | Torque 570 Nm |

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