BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

Its impact on the Frankfurt motor show was considerable - it's not every day you see a sports coupe hiding a plug-in hybrid system under its bodywork.

In Germany, the basic price for the new BMW M5 was announced at 117,900 euros, but it can quickly climb a few tens of thousands with additional options and packages.

The addition of the soft-top roof has resulted in a weight increase of 60 kilos over the coupe.

The biggest upgrade to the powertrain is a new 11.6 kWh battery pack up from the 7 kWh battery pack of the original BMW i8 and a slightly more powerful motor (12 more hp).

With a combined 369bhp, the new Roadster is credited with a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds, two-tenths behind the identically-updated coupe. Top speed will be electronically-limited to 155 miles per hour.

Buy or sell your exotic auto at and check back with for more supercar news. In electric-only mode, the top speed is 120km/h, while the driving range is now up to 53km in the soft-top, and 55km in the coupe. The electric motors now produce 105kW/143bhp and can drive the vehicle to 105kmph on pure battery power which can be increased to 120kmph at a push of a (eDrive) button.

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"The higher percentage [of sales] will be in the roadster, definitely", said Robert Irlinger, head of BMW i.

The Roadster's soft-top is all-electric and opens in 15 seconds at a button's push while traveling up to 31 miles per hour.

The refreshed i8 and new i8 Roadster should be hitting Canadian dealerships around spring 2018.

The 2019 i8 Roadster doesn't look that different from the coupe, other than the different top and the fact that the two rear seats have been removed.

The new BMW i8 Roadster and titivated i8 Coupe will go on sale in the United Kingdom early in 2018.

It uses a mid-mounted version of BMW's turbocharged 1.5L 3-cyl. gasoline engine packaged behind the cabin in combination with an electric motor housed within the front axle assembly in a set-up that conceivably can provide either front-wheel drive running on the electric motor or all-wheel drive with the gasoline engine and electric motor working together. All that also means a new rear window, new engine cover and new frameless doors that add up to seriously drool-worthy machine. Inside there's also a Tera World Copper with E-Copper trim.

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