BMW, the German luxury automaker, has confirmed the introduction of i8 roadster in 2018. The roadster model would be launched as a part of mid-cycle facelift for the i8 model lineup. Rumourmill was abuzz regarding the open-top i8 model from quite a time, but it was only during Paris Motor Show, just a few days back, when the BMW Boss Harald Krueger confirmed to Autocar that i8 roadster is indeed in works and would arrive a couple of years later. The company remained tightlipped on the same, but we expect the open-top hybrid to make its world premiere by the end of 2017, alongside the i8 facelift.
BMW i8 roadster might well be christened as 'BMW i8 Spyder', while borrowing designing cues from the i Vision Future Interaction concept which was showcased at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place in Las Vegas in January. It is believed to be positioned above the coupe range, while pricing is expected to be around Rs. 3 Crores (Ex. Showroom) in India. It is also been reported that BMW would hike the price of the entire facelifted model range, including the i8 coupe. Several leading publications have revealed that the company could offer an upgraded interior cabin, with inspiration from the i Vision Future Interaction concept. It would be severely advanced in technology and could feature a more interactive infotainment system with gesture control technology.
Mechanically, the i8 roadster is learnt to be powered an updated hybrid engine with a more powerful electric motor. The currently used electric motor in the i8 range delivers a maximum power of 129bhp. It would be paired with the 1.5L 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, while giving a boost of more than 10 percent as compared to the current power output. In all, the 2018 BMW i8 Roadster is expected to churn out in excess of 420bhp. Just to let you know, BMW India launched the i8 hybrid in the Indian market in February 2015 at a sticker price of Rs. 2.29 Crores (Ex. Showroom). Although, the company alloted just 11 units of the hybrid supercar for the Indian market. The i8 does a 0-100kmph sprint in just 4.4 seconds, while clocking a top speed of 250kmph. It returns a smashing mileage of 48kmpl. Though, the BMW i8 Roadster is still two good years away from its market introduction, but we expect it to make its way to the Indian market eventually, just like its coupe sibling.