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BMW teases the new i8 Roadster in a new testing video

BMW teases the new i8 Roadster in a new testing video

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 16:47 PM by CarTrade Editorial Team

BMW has teased the much awaited i8 Roadster ahead of its reveal at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The electric drop-top is showcased in its final testing phase at the BMW’s Leipzig facility.

BMW showcased the stunning i8 Spyder Concept way back in 2012 at the Bangkok Motor Show. The Bavarian carmaker confirmed that the debut of the open-top hybrid sportscar will be sometime next year. The roadster has been spotted on many occasions and the ­­car is deemed to be production ready. The third member of the new i family, after the i8 and i3, the i8 Roadster was briefly displayed during its extensive testing of suspension and underpinning in the new teaser video. What we can assume about the black fabric roof is that it will either be a removable panel or will fold down in between the seat and the electric powertrain at the rear.

The characteristic aero profile of the facelifted i8 has been retained while we can see the new signature LED headlights and tail lights. The space-age CRPF bodywork will ensure minimal increase in weight. As far as the powertrain is concerned, the i8 Spyder is expected to scrounge the upgraded motor from the i8 Formula E-Safety car. The battery pack will be upgraded from 7.1kWh, in the standard i8, to 10kWh resulting in a higher driving range. With the combination of a tweaked three-cylinder 1.5-litre IC engine in conjunction to the electric motor at the front axle, the power output is expected to surge to over 400 horsepower.

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