BMW i8 Got Plastic Surgery

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After breaking through the luxurious smart concept in 2016 with their high-performing electric car called i8, BMW returned with i8 Roadster series.


…And it does more than just a facelift. BMW released the convertible version of i8 at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS 2018), earlier this month. The BMW i8 Roadster will follow the success of their original series by sustaining the brand’s core elements. They include the iconic design, eDrive technology, and sustainability.

If you think this is any typical roadster with loud noise and towering emission level, the German manufacture proves otherwise. We all know that the original i8 is as quiet as a sermon on electric mode that you can speed up to 100mph as if nothing happened. This one also offers the same experience. As you can expect from hybrid car, the Roadster also produces low emission.

Even so, the actual sweet spot is their soft-top. On convertible mode, the soft-top will be hidden completely in the rear side of your car to preserve the sleek design of the car. They also keep the gullwing door for the wow effect, but this time, it appears frameless.

Without the eDrive system, you can now race from 0-105kmh with pure electricity—50% more than what you can get from the original i8. It’s a good thing that they limit the electricity’s top speed at 250kmh when you can go from 0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds. You can also go as far as 53km with pure electricity, thanks to their new battery configuration and highly ergonomic design.

The BMW i8 Roadster will be available in all BMW dealers starting from August 2018. Along with the new convertible, the brand also releases their “most luxurious BMW Sports Activity Vehicle yet”, BMW Concept X7 iPerformance. We have to wait for a little more to prove the stance, though.

By releasing both BMW I8 Roadster and Concept X7 iPerformance, it seems like BMW does not only try to prove that not all electric cars are nerds—they also want to prove that not all luxury cars are suffering from OCD.

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