This retractable roof version of the BMW i8, the electric sports hybrid of the Bavarian manufacturer, is not only a fabulous machine sensation. It is also a real treat for our retinas… The arrival of this second body design is accompanied by a slight gain in power, but especially a gain of autonomy in EV mode
EVOLUTIONS IN THE AIR
The ingredients that contributed to the passion generated by this i8 have of course been renewed on this soft top Roadster model: a ubiquitous driving pleasure, doors in elytra like on the coupe, a dream cockpit with spectacular moulds… This retractable roof version (lowering in 15 seconds and when travelling up to 31mph) is very quiet to use: the aerodynamics were studiously checked to ensure the absence of turbulence. This Roadster also includes a particulate filter: following a culture of always doing better … The power of the electric motor (placed on the front axle) has increased from 131 to 143 hp. Thanks to the increased capacity of Li-Ion batteries, this brings the electric autonomy to 33 miles in all. No significant evolution for the turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine, installed in the central-rear position, which remains at 231hp. The GT spirit is well and truly there! All these technological developments have also been reported on the coupe and we appreciate all the provisions for these two models. In addition, some body parts benefited from 3D printing. A must have!
INSIDE THE BMW I8 ROADSTER
The design of the dashboard remains classic and very sober, which is not displeasing to us. The multimedia display is now tactile and customizable. The perfectly curved seats are extremely comfortable and we like the head-up display, which is also a safety feature as it allows you to keep your eyes on the road. When it comes to luggage and storage, the rear mini-trunk close to the combustion engine only holds 88L. Fortunately, additional and partitionable storage spaces have replaced the rear seats of the coupe version.
AT THE HELM OF AN I8 ROADSTER
The dominant feeling when you take the wheel of this car remains the ease of handling… The i8 moves almost stealthily from the start with a slight whistle related to the ultra-quiet electric motor, it is far from the noise reactors make on the tarmac at the beginning of a race… The engine arrives “in reinforcement” as soon as one requests a little power but this transition takes place in a very soft and imperceptible way for the occupants. The manufacturer has been able to adapt the sound of this 3-cylinder car by using suitable (even if artificial) acoustics.