We expected to see the BMW i8 Roadster at last month’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but it never made an appearance. So the question on fans’ lips now is when we will actually see the convertible. Rumours are circulating that it might make a debut in just a few weeks, but apparently, a few have already seen it in person.
Online forums like BimmerPost often provide some pretty interesting news, and one of the users mentioned that there was a private showing recently, strongly suggesting that the production i8 Roadster is almost here. And it was in an event in London where BMW allegedly unveiled the new Roadster to a few lucky clients only. We don’t know if these reports are valid, though there are some specific details that we should take note of.
The same user said that the roadster will be having a set of light weight wheels that have a “square” design, and these are supposedly the lightest wheels one could get for the i8, with extremely narrow spokes. He then added that the production version is very much like the concept that was first seen in 2013, in terms of its design.
The way the user describes it makes us believe that he really has seen the i8, and that he has gone inside it as well. He says that the cabin gets a fabric roof, and the rear seats were removed to provide a larger storage compartment. The new i8’s front seats have also improved a lot compared to the current ones - because they provide more support and comfort, that also includes memory capabilities. As for the instrument cluster, it also gets a minor update, now with a new generation iDrive and an updated gear indicator. What’s new is the i8 flood lamp located at the bottom part of the doors.
Not only does the BMW i8 Roadster carry a more powerful electric motor, it also has the same gas engine as that of the coupe. Reports say that the new model might have an output of 372 horsepower (277 kilowatts), which is much more than the current model with only 357 horsepower (266 kilowatts) from its 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine, together with the electric motor.
As of today, we are still unsure when we will see the BMW i8 Roadster in person. As for the pricing, expect it to cost a little more than the current coupe. Right now, we will just have to wait for BMW to announce when it will be released, and they’ll likely share more details soon too.