Fresh spy photos of the upcoming BMW i8 Roadster reveal that it will get a folding canvas roof when it arrives in 2018. The highly anticipated BMW i8 Roadster is just around the corner. The drop-top hybrid sports car is scheduled for launch in 2018, and now we have received our first batch of good spy plans.
Exterior of BMW i8 Spyder
The i8 Coupe is mainly composed of plastic reinforced with carbon fibers and aluminum, which is what allows a relatively low brake weight of less than 3,300 pounds. When it comes to the Spyder, it will not change. The doors and the hood will always be made of lightweight aluminum, while the front and rear fascias and front genres will consist of a thermoplastic. And, as such, the i8 Spyder will be almost identical to his brother’s cut from the waist down. Expect to see the same aerodynamic hood and front fascia. It will, of course, sport that iconic kidney grates. LED headlamps, accent lights and daytime running lights will also make ornament from the outside. The i8 Spyder will be almost identical to its coupe brother’s waist. Expect to see the same aerodynamic hood and front fascia.
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Above the waist, however, is where things really go. For now, we do not know what the top will actually be doing. Chances are it will be CFRP or glass. As for the possibility of an automatic top, I would not hold my breath. There does not seem to be room for all the additional mechanics required for such a configuration on the i8 in its current design. As you can see from the espionage plans, the prototype of the back area will be changed dramatically. It still has this wing-shaped overhang on the sides, but inside is a pair of supports for boost protection. Meanwhile the “aft deck” is much more flat here than what we see on the coupe, so this can have a somewhat dramatic effect on the rear aerodynamics.
2018 Bmw I8 Inside
It will be equipped with six-way power front seats, three-stage heater, leather upholstery with fabric details, a three-spoke sports steering wheel with paddles and a head-up screen. Just because half the body is changed to make the i8 a spyder, do not expect much to change inside. It will be equipped with six-way power front seats, three-stage heater, leather upholstery with fabric details, a three-spoke sports steering wheel with paddles and a head-up screen. It will get the BMW Professional Navigation System with the same 8.8-inch display to go with enhanced USB and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The instrument cluster will be all-digital as well, while a Harman Kardon sound system with a 360-watt amplifier and many speakers will bring the absolute best sound quality available.
2018 Bmw I8 Engine
The new i8 will produce an additional 15 hp, therefore, the powerful electric motor in combination with the 1.5-ltr three-cylinder petrol will produce 372 horsepower. From 0 to 62 mph, the i8 current runs in 4.4 seconds, but with the updated powerplant the i8 facelited is likely to be faster.
At the same time, BMW is working to extend the overall range of the i8 through the adoption of a revised battery. The new i3 has received a 50 percent increase in range, so we expect a reasonable increase for the i8 as well. BMW confirmed that Formula E’s safety car avoids the production car’s 7.1kWh unit for a larger, 10.0kWh battery, perhaps suggesting what is ahead for the facelifted version.
The prices for the 2018 Bmw I8 Spyder or Roadster version would be $ 165,000 to $ 170,000.