BMW i8 Roadster Will Have Double The Electric Range Of The Coupe

Convertible

BMW will finally be lifting the wraps off the i8 Roadster later this month at the LA Auto Show.

It feels like we’ve been waiting an eternity for the BMW i8 Roadster to be revealed. BMW first announced its plans to build a topless i8 way back in 2012 and it’s been one of our most eagerly anticipated roadsters ever since. Back in July, BMW gave us a first look at the i8 Roadster but didn’t announce a reveal date. Thankfully, we don’t have long to wait for the hybrid coupe to drop its top, as the BMW i8 Roadster will make its world debut later this month at the LA Auto Show according to BMW Blog.

BMW still hasn’t made an official announcement, but BMW Blog is confident about its claim. According to BMW Blog, the i8 Roadster will be introduced at the LA Show with a new Electric Copper color and will feature an electric soft top that can be opened in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 37 mph. The i8 Roadster will also reportedly have double the battery capacity of its coupe counterpart, resulting in a longer driving range on electric power. The current i8 Coupe’s 7.1 kilowatt-hour battery pack is rated at 14.2 miles (EPA), so the i8 Roadster could potentially double that range.

You Might Also Like
Could A Used Audi RS Car Be The Ultimate Path To Awesomeness?
Could A Used Audi RS Car Be The Ultimate Path To Awesomeness?
6 Special New Models We Wish Volvo Would Put Into Production
6 Special New Models We Wish Volvo Would Put Into Production

As well as an upgraded battery pack, the i8 Roadster will receive revised chassis tuning and an increase in power to around 400 hp. The i8 Coupe produces 357 hp and is often criticized for being underpowered, so the Roadster’s power boost is certainly welcome. BMW’s iDrive infotainment system is also expected to receive significant updates, as are the driver assists. BMW Blog claims that more details will be revealed within the next two weeks before BMW lifts the wraps off the i8 Roadster at the LA Auto Show on November 29. After its reveal, the i8 Roadster is expected to go on sale in early 2018.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$143,400

Related Reviews

2017 BMW i8 Review
BMW i8 Coupe
0
2017 BMW i8 Review