BMW i8 Roadster revealed as its most gorgeous hybrid yet

BMW i8 Roadster FINALLY arrives

The new BMW i8 Roadster will be available from spring 2018 with pricing yet to be announced.

The Roadster wasn't the only i8-related development BMW unveiled in LA; since the i8 Coupe was introduced, electrification technology has evolved, and it benefits from the implements that have gone into the Roadster.

Not that they were much use, but the rear side windows are ditched in the Roadster (it's a two-seater), as is the liftback which turns in to a rather long engine cover, and the interior gets a bit of a makeover (as does that in the 2018 Coupe). BMW has been teasing this model for quite some time, but we finally get the chance to see it uncovered. For starters, the thanks to the i8's light, strong and rigid carbonfibre tub construction the soft top i8 is only 60kg heavier than the Coupe at 1595kg. With an updated battery system, the hybrids now make 374 horsepower, up from the old i8's 357 hp.

The i8 Roadster manages 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and the Coupe does it in 4.4 seconds, while both cars have a top speed of 155mph. Both cars are electronically limited to 155 miles per hour.

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2018 BMW i8 Interior is only slightly updated
2018 BMW i8 Interior is only slightly updated

BMW has also had a fiddle with the glasshouse, beefing up the windscreen and quarter window and turning the rear window in to a deflector which can be raised or lowered wherever you have the roof.

As with the i8 Coupe, the Roadster variant has a small, 4.7-cubic foot trunk, plus about 3.5-cubic feet of additional storage between the roof box and seats.

The first open-top model from BMW's electric i sub-brand, the Roadster's roof automatically stows beneath a panel integrated within the two buttresses behind the cabin, at the press of a button.

Electric-only range is up to 18 miles - a gain of 3 miles. The dashboard design is shared between the coupe and convertible and features the latest version of BMW's iDrive system that now comes with touch control on the free-standing 8.8-inch monitor. The lithium-ion batteries have received a cell capacity boost that means the electric motor now produces 141bhp, which contributes to a total of 369bhp when the 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is taken into account.

Options on both models include head-up display, laser high beam system, and an acoustic pedestrian warning system, which operates at speeds up to 30km/h when the vehicle is operating in electric-only mode.

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