Together with the roadster, updated version of Coupe will also enter production.

Today, one day before official start of Geneva car show, BMW announced, that it has started production of their latest sport car, topless version of its (first) hybrid sports car i8, i8 Roadster. It is the car, that has first been revealed on first of December last year and will be an interesting addition to "i" family of BMW hybrid cars, that is currently consisted of i3 (and its sportier version i3s) and i8. A total of 130 "i" cars are planned to be made every day from now on.

Next to Roadster, updated version of i8 coupe will also enter the production. Like the former it will also going to be equipped with the new battery. This will have a total capacity of 11,6 kWh, a total gain of 2 kWh, compared to the old battery pack. Both cars will have a combined power output of 374 bhp, which will enable them top speed of 250 kph (limited) and accelerations from 0 to 100 kph in 4,4 seconds (4,6 for roadster) and 55 kilometers of autonomy when solely relying on electric batteries.

Compared to the ordinary i8, Roadster version will only have two seats instead of four. In addition, to save some space and weight, car will be fitted with fabric soft-top, that will only need 15 seconds to be opened/closed. The whole process will take just 15 seconds and could be done while driving at speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour. When available in May, prices will start at 132.400 euros.

March 5, 2018 Driving photo: BMW

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