BMW i8 i Vision Future Interaction
BMW has finally put out official words that the i8 roadster/convertible is coming and it's arriving in 2018.
In a press conference during the week in Munich, Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, confirmed that the i8 roadster has been formally approved for production and that it will join the i8 lineup at the very top end.
"…there will be new additions to the i family. In the second half of 2016, we will launch another i3 model, with 50 percent more battery capacity. This will be followed by a BMW i8 Roadster in 2018.”
"The open-top i8 will be built under the codename I15 and it’s rumored to embody the future of cutting-edge and emotionally appealing mobility concepts. Just like the “regular” i8, the two-seater roadster blends lightness, dynamic capability and efficiency with a very special aesthetic allure."
An i8 convertible has been shown in concept form for years now, so we figured it was just a matter of time before BMW gave it the produciton green light. That green light has been given and work is now underway to get the car to market rather quickly in order to get the jump on the next-gen Tesla Roadster, expected around 2020.
"The i8’s plug-in hybrid powertrain will likely carryover, while getting an updated battery pack and a potential increase in power. Details are still kept under wraps, but sources say the new i8 is likely to get a more powerful electric motor than the 129 hp unit used by the existing i8. In combination with the 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol unit, the i8 will get a 10 percent boost in power to around 420 hp."
We expect the standard i8 to get these improvements as well.