The latest episode of Fully Charged was about the BMW i8 Roadster, which is so far the only plug-in hybrid two-seat roadster convertible on the market.
With the current 11.6 kWh battery, the i8 Roadster can go up to 17 miles (27 km) according to EPA, which is not much, but the acceleration 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds sounds more than enough to enjoy the summertime.
The biggest drawback of the i8 Roadster is its price, in the U.S. - $158,626 after deducting federal tax credit and destination charge.
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Overall, it's a great looking fun car, which hopefully will be joined in the near future by some all-electric long-range competitors.
Video Description via Fully Charged on YouTube:
2019 BMW i8 Roadster review | Fully Charged
Jonny Smith reviews the BMW i8 Roadster for the Fully Charged Show:
Few cars of any price or propulsion can claim to make a bigger visual or technological impact than BMW's i8.
Now with the roof removed (some 3 years after the coupe was born) you lose the rear seats but gain even more futuristic looks, together with potential facial sunburn.
The L124,000 (roughly US$163,000) plug-in hybrid now hosts facelifted tech including revised li-ion cells, rising the pack capacity from 7.1kWh to 11.6kWh and EV-only range now claimed to be 33 miles.
It may not be pure EV, but there is no doubting the influence, the technical prowess and positive attitude BMW’s flagship i vehicle brings to the plug-in party.
Grabbing people’s attention to appreciate a carbon fibre small engined plug-in sports car that looks way more expensive than its price tag is no bad thing.