BMW i8 Roadster Is Coming: Time For A First Official Video Look

2 months ago by Mark Kane 7

BMW released a teaser of the upcoming i8 Roadsterthe ultimate progressive sports car is now ready to spread its wings.

BMW i8 Roadster

The third member of the BMW i family (beside the i3 and the hardtop i8) will of course will be based on the standard i8.

Sales are to begin in 2018, so we hope for an unveiling of the i8 Roadster at one of the upcoming motor shows later this Fall.

“In 2018 the BMW i8 Roadster will unlock the door to a whole new dimension in pioneering open-top driving pleasure – virtually silent and with zero local emissions.”

As of today, BMW has yet to reveal any details on the performance of the i8 Roadster. The only numbers put forth so far are preliminary energy consumption figures…which basically to whoever is driving this car aren’t likely to be the primary specs of interest:

“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.”

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7 responses to "BMW i8 Roadster Is Coming: Time For A First Official Video Look"

  1. John says:

    Cool, yet another version of this barely electric/mostly ICE garbage car. Pointless. BMW keeps focusing on not advancing, while the EV world continues to move forward in range and capacity.

    2012 is calling, it wants it’s experimental electric car back. Anyone who buys an i8 over a P100D at this point is merely in love with the BMW badge, nothing more.

    1. WARREN says:

      The point is how great the performance is with the tiny 1.5 liter 3cyl engine, made possible because of the drive train electrification with a 2speed front motor, etc. Some magazine 0-60 mph tests have dipped into the high 3 sec range. You can also drive over 12 miles on pure electric if so desired. Bigger engined carbon fiber hybrid supercars with less AER are a million dollars (P1, 918, LA Ferrari) so you have to look at the i8 in that context where it’s ~$160k price would almost seem to be a bargain. And if you are only interested in pure speed numbers compared to a P100D, then see which one will cruise 150mph for more miles on the autobahn. I wouldn’t doubt the i8 would beat the P100D 2 laps around the Nuburgring too.

      1. john says:

        You completely missed my point. REX technology is merely a stop-gap. Pure electric technology is completely viable, the need for REX, and continued investment in the range-extending ICE driven model makes no sense, unless you’re a car manufacturer who’s too frightened to take the leap (which BMW is). Being proud of massaging efficiency from an ICE means nothing at this point, other than catering to the folks who still need to hear the sound of an engine and the smell of exhaust.

        Congrats to BMW on their super efficient, yet antiquated and irrelevant ICE technology.

      2. john says:

        Oh, and enjoy winning on the Autobahn and Nurburgring in your i8, and I’ll enjoy owning the other 99.9% of driving in a P100D.

  2. DJ says:

    It will take a couple months at most before the huge discounts are offered for this.

    Seems like a poor use of effort if you ask me.

    The i8 was kinda cool when it was released but that time has passed. Chopping the top off isn’t gonna bring that back either.

  3. Kdawg says:

    Yay.. looks like they got rid of the giant hood scoop (AKA leaf/trash collector).

    1. La frennia di Mamata says:

      BMW just Doesn’t Get It Serving up the Same old reheated leftover from yesteryear . Hope they wake up soon for their own sake.

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