BMW created a boom in automotive market when it launched BMW i8 hybrid electric car few years back. The car turned out to be so famous that people here in Pakistan started to import them. And now there is a fresh model of the famous i8 hybrid electric car: A BMW i8 Roadster.
The i8 Roadster concept was first unveiled back in 2012 at Beijing Motor Show. The 2018 BMW i8 Roadster has got a few aesthetic changes, and a power boost. The Roadster has BMW’s LifeDrive system and makes 369 bhp. The LifeDrive architecture is equipped with a 1500cc turbocharged internal combustion three-cylinder petrol engine that makes 228bhp and 236lb ft of torque.
The engine is built in the middle of the vehicle and an upgraded electric motor in the front. The new electric motor generates 141 bhp. BMW asserts the Roadster can do 0 – 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds.
You can shift the roof of the Roadster in 15 seconds. Owing to the absence of roof, BMW had to reinforce the overall structure of the car which has amplified the weight of the car to 1654 kilograms. The coupe version is 60 kg lighter than the Roadster.
The Roadster, that has two seater, will go on sale with its two-plus-two coupe sibling in the first quarter of 2018.