BMW Starts Production Of i8 Roadster PHEV

MAR 5 2018 BY MARK KANE 12

Series production of the all-new BMW i8 Roadster and updated i8 Coupe started at the Leipzig plant in Germany.

BMW i8 Roadster

The new i8s are equipped with higher capacity batteries – 11.6 kWh instead of 9.6 kWh, for slightly more range.

Major differences were described here following the Los Angeles premiere last year.

BMW’s plant in Leipzig will build more than 130 BMW i models (BMW i3, i3s, i8 Coupe, i8 Roadster) per day.

Deliveries of the first new i8s are expected in May.

“The BMW Group Plant Leipzig starts the series production of the BMW i8 Roadster.  It is joined by the updated version of the BMW i8 Coupe in the line-up. Both vehicles are flexibly produced per customer demand in BMW Group Plant Leipzig within the same production line. The BMW i8 Roadster oozes all the freedom of open-top motoring for two with an electrically operated soft-top; while the new BMW i8 Coupe stands out as an extremely sporty 2+2 seater. The familiar lightweight design measures used for previous BMW i models have been meticulously adapted to the specific requirements of the i8 Roadster. It comes with newly designed frameless gullwing doors made from CFRP with an aluminium outer shell.

Underpinning this new level of electric driving experience is an updated version of the lithium-ion battery developed for the BMW i8. The high-voltage unit is located centrally in the car’s underbody. Its cell capacity is up from 20 to 34 Ah and gross energy capacity rises from 7.1 to 11.6 kWh (net: 9.4 kWh). The electric range of the new BMW i8 Coupe in the NEDC test cycle has increased to 55 kilometres (34 miles)* and the new BMW i8 Roadster posts a figure of 53 kilometres (33 miles)*.”

“Since its launch in 2014 the BMW i8 is the world’s highest-selling plug-in hybrid sports car. Since 2013 the BMW i3 and since 2017 the sports version BMW i3s are built in the BMW i production in Leipzig. In total, 130 BMW i models are produced at the plant per day. The market launch of the BMW i8 Coupe and the BMW i8 Roadster starts in May 2018.”

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Plant Director Hans-Peter Kemser is pleased to welcome the latest addition to the BMW i family at BMW Group Plant Leipzig:

“We are proud to produce another top-notch product at our plant. An important factor for that is the know-how and long-time experience of our employees in Leipzig with the production of electric vehicles. “

BMW i8 Roadster specs:

  • Power: Electric: 105 kW/143 hp, Petrol: 170 kW/231 hp, Total: 374 hp
  • Torqu: 320 Nm
  • 0 – 62 mph (100 km/h): 4.6 seconds
  • Top speed: 155 mph (250 km/h)
  • Combined fuel economy: 134.5 mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 46 g/km
  • All-electric range: up to 33 miles (53 km) up to 120 km/h
  • Battery capacity: 11.6 kWh
  • All-electric roof opens and closes very quietly – at the touch of a button – in 15 seconds and while travelling at up to 50 km/h

BMW i8 Coupé spec:

  • Power: Electric: 105 kW/143 hp, Petrol: 170 kW/231 hp, Total: 374 hp
  • Torqu: 320 Nm
  • 0 – 62 mph (100 km/h): 4.4 seconds
  • Top speed: 155 mph (250 km/h)
  • Combined fuel economy: 149.8 mpg
  • CO2 emissions: 42 g/km
  • All-electric range: up to 34 miles (55 km) up to 120 km/h
  • Battery capacity: 11.6 kWh

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BMW i8 Roadster production in Leipzig plant

BMW i8 Roadster production in Leipzig plant

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12 Comments on "BMW Starts Production Of i8 Roadster PHEV"

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mx

That’s why we play the lottery.

mx

I wonder if they could build a Honda S3000 plugin competitor, based on price and performance.

Clive

Honda NSX isn’t selling and the S2000 was an inexpensive convertible. People would be upset if Honda did that to the S2000 secsesor.

David Murray

I think I prefer the non-roadster version.

Clive

Maybe so but the Roadster will much easier to climb in and out of.

John Doe

Yeah, me too.
And just the thought of driving with the top down, and get dust, pollen and find sand like particles all over the interior. .
When I lived in Austria, I owned a cheap Opel convertible. Never had the same feelings for that car. Worked well, and fairly fun to drive – but the price kept me calm.

Alex

I think it should mean “11.6 kWh instead of 7.1 kWh” not 9.6 kWh? 9.6 is the figure for 530e and Co.

Mitch

Too bad the I8 roadster/coupe can’t be all electric and compete with the Tesla Roadster I’m a big BMW fan ( 6 in 20yrs) but I also own s Tesla X which I love is order and a all elec i8 roadster today

Tko

Just build me an electric z8. Would love that! not these silly two tone paint job.

pikeman

Can’t complain, as long as the electric range increases.

Ronaldo

Lol, most depreciated hybrid evaaaa, now they make a roadster.

Jerome Mason Sr

This is what I been waiting for the convertible hybrid bmw i8 awd. Yes it’s a high price but include the sliding top and lambo doors and gas or switch to electric you have to enjoy life of the two tone vehicle. I counting my money as soon as it St.Louis Missouri bring one in.