BMW i8 Coupe Gets a Roadster Brother and More Electric Range

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However, both have an improved electric range - the Coupe can travel 55km on electric power only, while the Roadster can do 53km.

In terms of design, the i8 Roadster differentiates itself from the Coupe by using new black panels overlaid with aluminium trims (etched with the word "Roadster") instead of the rear side windows. Furthermore, the soft top can be opened in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.

Since both models are essentially a mid-cycle facelift, despite the Roadster not having a predecessor, both the exterior and the interior have been updated. Also included is new technology such as BMW's controversial "display key" as well as the latest iDrive infotainment system.

As far as fuel consumption is concerned, the i8 Roadster boasts a combined consumption figure of 135mpg, while the i8 Coupe manages 149mpg.

The world's highest selling plug-in hybrid sports auto has had a haircut, subbing the standard roof for a soft-top design. Beefed-up lithium-ion batteries - they have gone from 7.1 kWh to 11.6 kWh - now offer an electric-only range of up to 33 miles, with speeds up to 75mph possible. Top speed of both cars is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour.

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As before, the electric motor is mated to a 1.5-litre petrol engine which drives the rear wheels making the i8 all-wheel-drive with a six-speed steptronic automatic transmission. The power bump comes from a significant boost in energy density, with cell capacity up from 20Ah to 34Ah.

The lengthy gestation period has seen the first open-top model from BMW's fledgling i brand adopt a re-engineered roof structure.

That means total system power is now 275 kW/374 hp, allowing the i8 Roadster to cover the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.6 seconds (0.2 seconds slower than the coupé).

Of course you're going to need to make sure you're making some serious cash to afford either version of the i8 with a street price expected to be north of $150,000. The iconic gullwing doors have also been retained. On the outside, a slightly lower hood hump now includes a so-called "air-shutter", and there are new sets of wheels available, with the optional 20-inch being a tad lighter than before. Driving on electricity alone, the i8 can reach a maximum speed of 75mph once the eDrive button has been pressed.

BMW has also released two new paint finishes, E-Copper metallic and Donington Grey metallic.




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