BMW has begun making the i8 Roadster at its Leipzig facility, where it will roll off the same lines as the i8 Coupé. Clients may customise their plug-in hybrid and both variants are expected to hit the markets in May.
BMW had unveiled both versions last November in Los Angeles. They feature technical updates to the electric drivetrain and the battery.
The new i8 PHEV is faster (up to 120 km/h) and provides a greater electric range (coupe: up to 55 km / Roadster up to 53 km according to NEDC) than before thanks to a new battery with a capacity of 11.6 kWh. With 34 Ah cells instead of 20 Ah equivalents, the model increases its electric range by approximately 50 percent. Its integrated system output climbs to 275 kW.
The new battery also allows for electric driving for longer and at higher speeds between 105 and 120 kph.
Different from the coupe, the BMW i8 Roadster is a two-seater, the space for the back seat is used for the roof mechanism. The soft top opens and closes within 15 seconds, at speeds up to 50 kph.