2018 BMW i8 Roadster

Although not that popular ($140.000 price tag might be the reason), BMW i8 continues to develop. The German carmaker will, for 2018 model year bring a respectable number of changes. Besides usual upgrades, BMW will add another body style to the i8. We remember that BMW teased us with convertible version i8 Spyder concept even before the current coupe i8 went in production. They were always stating that they will realize it sometime. And the time has come. So, 2018 BMW i8 Roadster will join the “i” lineup. And what can we expect?

2012 BMW i8 Concept Spyder-front view

Note: Image of BMW Spyder Concept

2018 BMW i8 Roadster – Design

The i8 will get a mid-cycle facelift, thus 2018 BMW i8 Roadster will benefit as well. The i8 already looks like it drove from the future, so beautiful design of this sports car is not even arguable. Sleek lines all over the body also have a job to bring the least drag as possible.

2018 BMW i8 Roadster – Interior Tech

The BMW introduced second i8 convertible called the i Future Interaction concept. This one was to primarily show off BMW infotainment technology and what could the future model look like inside. The main feature is the AirTouch. With this feature, a driver can control navigation, entertainment and other with flat hand gestures. This is done with the use of sensors in the dashboard. The software is set on 21-inch panoramic display. This system also comes with three modes, Pure Drive, Assist, and Auto.

2018 BMW i8 Roadster Vision Future Interaction concept-interior

Note: Image of Vision Future Interaction Concept interior

In the first one driver has full control of the car. The driver still manually drives the car in Assist mode but driving aids automatically take evasive maneuver if a collision with another vehicle or obstacle will occur. In the Auto, the fully-autonomous system kicks in. The BMW representatives didn’t want to reveal will all of the features go into 2018 BMW i8 Roadster, but we are certain they will. Not so sure about Auto mode, though.

2018 BMW i8 Roadster – Powertrain

The 2018 BMW i8 Roadster will come with the same engine as on i8 Coupe. But this 1.5-liter turbo 3-cylinder will get revised for 2018 model year to provide better economy and electric range. To do this, BMW will replace 7.1kWh battery pack in favor of 10kWh. This Plug-in hybrid could also implement wireless charging system taken from the i8 Formula Pace car. The total output should also rise for around 65 horsepower bringing a total output to 420 horsepower. While the new i3 can boast with 40% more electric range, the i8 will receive about 10% range more than before. Eight-speed automatic transmission will remain, while electric motor will come with two-speed automatic. The gasoline engine is connected to the rear wheels, while electric motor spins front wheels. And the beauty of this vehicle is that it can be FWD, RWD or AWD.

2012 BMW i8 Concept Spyder-rear view

Note: Image of BMW Spyder Concept

2018 BMW i8 Roadster – Price

We can expect the Roadster by the end of 2017 when facelifted i8 will be presented as well. New luxury model in the lineup will surely cost more than i8. The starting price could be around $155.000. The i8 model has two rivals that come from the same company, they are Tesla Model S and Model X.

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