2018 BMW i8 Roadster E-Copper
BMW i8 Roadster: BMW eDrive technology with hybrid synchronous electric motor, max. output: 105 kW/143 hp, max. torque: 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). Three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, capacity: 1,499 cc, output: 170 kW/231 hp, max. torque: 320 Nm (236 lb ft). Hybrid-specific all-wheel drive, combustion engine driving the rear wheels, electric motor driving the front wheels. Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h]: 4.6 seconds, top speed: 250 km/h.
The BMW i8 Roadster carries over the BMW i design language into another vehicle concept, and is awash with individual highlights that radiate elegance and fire the emotions. The soft-top roof has a visual lightness to go with its low physical weight and serves as a defining element of the silhouette in reinforcing the road-hugging impression made by the car’s low centre of gravity. The body’s dynamic wedge shape can also be best appreciated when viewing the two-seater in profile.
When opened, the BMW i8 Roadster’s broad roof retracts fully into the rear end. A unique mechanism allows the soft-top to be folded into a compact package and stowed away in a perpendicular position, creating around 100 litres of additional storage space behind the seats. The all-electric roof opens and closes very quietly in 15 seconds, a process which can be initiated while travelling at up to 50 km/h. Dropping down the roof raises the rear window by around 30 millimetres into a comfort position, where it can serve as a draught stop.
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