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BMW i8 Facelift Will Get A Power Boost Entering M3 Territory

Both the 2018 BMW i8 and its Spyder sibling will launch early next year.

The BMW i8 Spyder has the potential to be one of the most stunning hybrid sports cars ever when it launches early year. Don’t think, however, that BMW is neglecting the standard i8 coupe, which will be receiving a facelift for the 2018 model featuring a host of cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. Just as we’ve come to expect from BMW facelift models, Autocar reports that the 2018 BMW i8’s exterior will be getting a relatively minor makeover, with the most notable change being new LED headlights.

The interior will also be upgraded with BMW's latest iDrive infotainment system which is likely to adopt gesture control. Autocar suggests that both the 2018 i8 coupe and Spyder will receive a 10 percent power increase from the previous model, bumping the power output up to 420-horsepower - that nearly takes it into M3 territory, and has the advantage of better fuel economy. Both cars will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder gasoline engine combined with a front-mounted synchronous electric motor, but these upgrades mean you can expect a slight price increase. Inevitably, the open-top design of the i8 Spyder means it will be heavier than its coupe counterpart, which weighs 1560 kg.

Instead of adopting an electric roof, the soft-top must be removed and stowed away manually. Elsewhere, the standard i8’s tailgate has been replaced with a pair of buttresses behind the two seats to give the convertible a commanding presence. The current i8 has a limited top speed of 155 mph and sprint from 0-62 mph in just 4.4 seconds – expect the refreshed model to beat that time, as well as offer a better range. Both the 2018 BMW i8 and its Spyder sibling will debut some time this year, possibly at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, before going on sale next year.

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