The BMW i8 has been capturing our imagination ever since it made it's debut on the sets of Mission Impossible on the streets of Mumbai. Now BMW have given it a mid-cycle touch-up which includes more power, more electric range and a new droptop sibling that BMW is calling i8 roadster.
BMW has kept the i8 and the drop-top roadster without making any drastic changes to the way they look. Even the roadster is an extrapolation of the i8 existing design, although that in no way means that it doesn’t look stunning. The Roadster with its swivel-doors that has one hell of a silhouette
The interiors carry forward the Sci-Fi theme, although the orange and black theme on the roadsters interiors do look the part. The infotainment system which sticks out from the dash, doubles up to give you all the tech inputs that you might need like range, battery and power usage.
BMW has updated the battery system, and that means the two hybrid sports car twins now make an extraordinary 374 hp. Almost 20 more than the 357 on the previous i8. BMW have even tried to make it more practical in the sense that it can now go 52 kilometres in full EV mode on the roadster and 55 kilometres in the hardtop coupe.
The roadster will make the 100 kmph dash in 4.6 seconds and will top out at 250 kmph. The i8 coupe now does the same 100 kmph dash .2 seconds quicker than it’s drop-top sibling at 4.4 seconds and shares a top-speed of 250 kmph. The drop-top gets an all-electric roof, that deploys in under 15 seconds and can do so while on the move up to 50 kmph, but it is about 60 kilos heavier
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