The BMW i8 roadster showcased in Los Angeles
There are no technical details regarding how the roof mechanism will work. Carbon fibre material is almost certain to be involved.
The roadster and the coupe model will use the same 1.5 litre turbocharged engine, which has three cylinders. The rear wheels will be able to develop 220 BHP and the front wheels will be powered by a 134 BHP electric motor. The car will have 50/50 weight distribution, a must have for BMW vehicles. Altogether the vehicle is able to produce a total of 354 BHP. In just 4.6 seconds, the vehicle is able speed from 0 – 60 MPH. The top speed is limited to 155 MPH.
The vehicle will be able to achieve a magnificent 104 MPG. Despite having all of that power, the vehicle’s next generation economical technology helps to keep the fuel costs down, as well as keeping the environment clean. Driving on electric power only, the vehicle is able to drive for up to 20 miles.
The BMW i3 coupe was also on display at the Los Angeles Motor Show. The i8 Roadster previously made its debut in the United States a couple of weeks back in New York with the i3 coupe too. The event had 300 guests including Uma Thurman.
It’s true what they say, the BMW i8 has to be seen to be believed. The concept is unlikely to eventually look like the production version but certainly caused a stir at the event. The vehicle will launch worldwide next year. Some believe that there will not be too many differences between the production version and the concept.
Range anxiety is still a common problem within the electric car industry. Many are worried that their vehicle will not complete their journey due to a shortage of power. Australian owners will certainly not need to worry in that aspect as range extended versions will be offered.
The BMW i8 looks spectacular, and if you want one you’ll have to pay top dollar for it. It will cost around £80,000. In our opinion it is certainly worth it, considering the money that will be saved on fuel.