BMW has teased its plug-in electric hybrid i8 Roadster again, this time with a video showing production of the two-seater in the German maker's Leipzig plant.
Expected to be revealed in full at the Los Angeles motor show later this month and on roads next year, the i8 Roadster will join other BMW i sub-brand cars the i8 coupe and i3 hatchback. BMW’s i division was founded in 2011 and is responsible for the design and manufacturing of electric and future technologies which have been implemented in BMW’s broader range of vehicles such as the carbon fibre ‘carbon core’ chassis partly used in the 7-Series sedan.
The video and images released by BMW don’t give away much, but a textile roof is visible on the roadster confirming it probably won’t come with a folding hardtop in a bid to save weight.
BMW has also stated preliminary combined consumption figures of 2.1/100km and 14.7kWh/100km, up 0.1L./100km and 0.5kWh/100km each, suggesting a power or weight increase, or both.
It is expected improvements to the i8 Roadster will debut changes for the upcoming i8 coupe facelift. These include a boost in power over its current output of 266kW and 570Nm, and an improvement to its 0-100km/h claim of 4.4 seconds as well as design tweaks.
An increase in battery capacity from 7.1kWh to 10kWh should also improve the current electric-only range of 37km and its petrol engine will be the same 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit. BMW claims the small three-pot emits a claimed 48kg/100km though it also states the i8 is emissions free when powered from the grid.
“In 2018 the BMW i8 Roadster will unlock the door to a whole new dimension in pioneering open-top driving pleasure – virtually silent and with zero local emissions.’
Expected to debut at the Los Angeles motor show later this month, TMR will be attending to bring you all of the latest news as it unfolds.
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