The BMW i8 is by far one of the most futuristic looking car models that exist today. Its design lines seem to have been brought out straight from a science fiction movie. At this year’s LA Auto Show BMW showed a variant of the i8 that will soon reach production, the BMW i8 Roadster.
Just like the original i8, the i8 Roadster is a futuristic looking vehicle. The design has been kept pretty much the same. The only visible difference is that the BW i8 Roadster, as the name suggests, lost its roof in favor of a mobile soft-top. The BMW i8 Roadster seems sportier on account of it losing its hardtop. The retractable roof is capable of fully deploying in a mere 16 seconds. It can also be activated without fully stopping the car.
The interior has also been adapted to fit the new personality of the car. Just like in the case of the original BMW i8, it keeps the futuristic look, which in turn gives the car a cohesive look and feel. The newly added badges complete the car’s new look. The BMW i8 Roadster seems like a fun car to drive. With the roadster, BMW has also attempted to attract a different buyer segment than previously. The car looks and feels sporty while also being eco-friendly.
The engine of the BMW i8 Roadster has been kept virtually the same. It outputs 228HP and is the result of a hybrid type system that uses both a small petrol engine and an electric motor to give this car all the power it needs. It does 0 to 100km/h in about 4 seconds. The folks over at BMW claim that there is no change in performance for the Roadster in comparison with the original BMW i8. Given the fact that the engine hasn’t changed and neither has the overall structure of the body, the performance of the car should be the same as in the case of the original BMW i8.
No matter how you look at it, the BMW i8 Roadster is a welcomed addition to the BMW family. While it retains the original spirit of the BMW i8, the Roadster adds quite a lot of fun factor. Combined with the already defining eco-friendly aspect, the BMW i8 Roadster seems like one of the most complete road experiences you can get out there.