30 November 2017

BMW debuts i8 Roadster at Los Angeles

BMW is debuting its i8 Roadster at the Los Angeles Auto Show, alongside an updated version of the i8 Coupe, writes Brian Byrne.

The electrically-operated roof can be folded in 15 seconds, and this can be carried out at speeds of up to 50km/h.

Like the i8 Coupe, much use is made of carbon-fibre and aluminium.

The upgrade has increased the range of the i8 Coupe to 55km on electric power alone. The 1.5 3-cylinder petrol engine generates up to 231hp on its own, while the combined hybrid output is rated at 374hp, allowing a 4.4s sprint to 100km/h.