We’ve waited long enough! BMW has finally confirmed the i8 Roadster will arrive in May. It will be sold alongside a 2nd generation i8 Coupe. Battery capacity has been increased from 20 to 34 Amp-hours, so the gasoline generator has been reprogrammed to only awaken under extreme conditions.
The new i8 and its convertible sibling have 12 more electric horsepower for a total of 143. Last year our demo model had an electric range of 25 miles, so the new one has been bumped to 34. While the coupe is still a 2+2, the i8 Roadster trades the back seats for a powered convertible top. Once the top is stowed, the vertical rear glass moves into an optimal setting to prevent a turbulent cockpit.
High voltage charging is available at home, and it will top off the battery in under 3 hours. The Roadster weighs in at 3,516 lbs, only 132 lbs heavier than the coupe. You will have 374 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque in a stylish carbon fiber body- what more could you ask for? Stay with us for all your BMW i Series updates.