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BMW debuts its i8 Roadster for top-down green driving

30 November 2017, 01:57 | Gina Pena

2019 BMW i8 Roadster: This Is It, With Slightly More Horsepower and Range

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

The Roadster wasn't the only i8-related development BMW unveiled in LA; since the i8 Coupe was introduced, electrification technology has evolved, and it benefits from the implements that have gone into the Roadster.

MOTOR will report BMW i8 Coupe and Roadster Australian availability and pricing when it is confirmed by BMW Australia.

The unladen weight of the i8 Roadster stands at 3513 lbs., making it some 132 lbs. heavier than the Coupe.

The new BMW i8 Coupe accelerates a little faster with 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.4 seconds and it also has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Irlinger wouldn't reveal how BMW expects the mix to break down, but it is counting on the new roadster and face-lifted coupe to lift overall i8 sales significantly. When running on pure electric power, drive is sent to the front, though when both motors are running, power is sent to all-four-wheels.

Well you won't be able to run the automatic roof back too fast as this is limited to operation at 31 miles per hour and under plus it takes 16 seconds to fully open or close.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA
2018 BMW i8 Roadster adds open-top thrills to Munich's plug-in sports car

When the electric motor is combined with the three-cylinder petrol engine, the i8 produces 369bhp and a maximum torque of 569Nm.

The refreshed i8 and new i8 Roadster should be hitting Canadian dealerships around spring 2018.

In real world conditions BMW says the i8 should average around 56 to the gallon around town and 40mpg on a run. For reference, an i8 Coupe starts at $144,395 today.

This equates to a slightly slower 0-100kmh time of 4.6 seconds (i8 Coupe 4.5 secs).

The new i8 features an aluminium body supporting a carbon fibre reinforced passenger cell and under the skin the i8's electronics have been given a boost with battery capacity increased by 14Ah to 34Ah. The 2019 i8 can travel 18 miles, up from 15 miles with the old battery. Both variants get a head-up display, heated seats, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and three driving modes (Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro) as standard.

Several adaptations had to be made, however, including the use of newly designed frameless gullwing doors made from CFRP with an aluminum outer shell, as well as the windscreen frame made entirely from CFRP. New color schemes being offered include E-Copper metallic and Donington Grey metallic, both with Frozen Grey metallic accents.

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