BMW i8 Roadster Debut Confirmed For LA Auto Show

2 weeks ago by Steven Loveday 7

BMW i8 Roadster

BMW i8 Roadster

It seems to be official now, the BMW i8 Roadster will debut at next month’s LA Auto Show, which begins on December 1, 2017.

The LA Auto Show is open to the public December 1-10, however, the BMW i8 Roadster will make its premiere at a private/press event on November 29 (and yes, we will be there). A debut in Frankfort was anticipated, and a fleet of i8 Roadsters was out testing just prior to the show, but the car didn’t appear at IAA.

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As we’ve previously reported, the new i8 Roadster is based on the i8 Spyder Concept and is set to go on sale in 2018. It’s described as an “open-top super hybrid”, and it’s a plug-in, of course. It will be the only convertible plug-in available, aside from the smart ED cabriolet.

Not only is it a plug-in hybrid, but it will also command a longer driving range than its coupe counterpart. It will have double the battery capacity of the current i8 Coupe and more power. The current i8 sits at an EPA-estimated 14.2 miles of range per charge.

According to BMWBlog:

“The Roadster will be introduced with a new color – Electric Copper – and will feature a soft top which folds into the rear seats. The soft top can be opened in 14 seconds at a speed up to 60 km/h.

The i8 Roadster will receive a revised chassis tuning and an increase in power to around 400 hp, while larger updates are also expected for the infotainment system iDrive as well as a modernized range of assistance systems.”

The publication believes that additional details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Source: BMWBlog

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7 responses to "BMW i8 Roadster Debut Confirmed For LA Auto Show"

  1. L'amata says:

    I see BMW is “still beating” that wounded dead horse . AMAZING!, At how they can carry on with this INSANITY.

    1. WARREN says:

      Yup, they need to be careful. Even though EV’s are only a fraction of their business, they are in the top 3 in worldwide plug in sales this year. Maybe you should write BMW and tell them to stop making the i8. Remember that comparison of the little 3 cylinder i8 out accelerating the Model S after 90mph or so? This horsepower increase will make the i8 coupe even faster.

  2. John says:

    What a ridiculous car. 14 miles of electric range, what’s the point again?

    What’s even better is this ICE-mobile costs more than a P100D.

    1. WARREN says:

      Ummm…CFRP hybrid sports car, with the bigger engined exotic offerings (low production) such as the P1, 918, LA Ferrari are million dollar cars. $150k is a pretty good deal in that context.

    2. Lawrence says:

      I’ve always said that with Hybrids you get the worst of both worlds. The extra weight of the batteries plus the complexity of an ICE.

      1. Ricardo says:

        Wow, must really hate pures then. I mean, if such a tiny small battery bothers you so much, bolt’s battery extra weight surely drives you crazy

      2. WARREN says:

        You mean the ability to do much of your driving on electricity and the ability to go hundreds of miles without having to find and wait at a charging station.

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