It's been eight years since the BMW i8 left us open-mouthed with a first glimpse of the new vehicle in concept auto form.
As for the exterior innovations, there are new air intakes that BMW says are there to improve aerodynamics. The rear window is also a wind deflector and has been modified to close or open independently of the roof.
The 2018 i8 siblings share an upgraded drivetrain with electric motor power up to 141bhp from 129bhp. They are replaced by black panels overlaid with brushed-metallic trim etched with the word "Roadster". (60 kg) over the Coupe, at 3,514 lbs.
The roof is stored where the rear seats used to be but the Roadster still has storage around the roof box and its boot is bigger than the Coupe's. (22-cm) monitor or rotary control via a dial in the center console.
Nonetheless, the soft top made the Roadster 132 pounds heavier than the standard model and BMW had to equip it with its own suspension calibration and chassis-stiffening system which calibrates the handling levels.
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The petrol engine churns out the same 228bhp it did to drive the back wheels, but the electric motor for the front wheels gets an extra 12bhp (that'll transform it) for a total of 141bhp.
The combustion engine continues to develop the same 228 hp and 236 lb. -ft. The combined power output of 369bhp and 570Nm is channelled through a six-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels.
Inside, the cabin gets an updated steering wheel, a multifunction instrument display and an 8.8-inch freestanding touch screen. (569 Nm), although the latter is continually regulated dependent on grip and traction levels. That now rises to 74mph in eDrive electric mode.
That, according to BMW, is enough to get you from zero to 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds in the case of the Roadster, with the Coupe taking 4.4s, and remember that the i8 is a lot lighter than BMW's regular cars, thanks largely to its carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic passenger cell construction. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour for both cars.
Accompanying the driveline changes is a revised lithium-ion battery. On pure electric the new system can run up to 18 miles on pure electric over the previous 15. The German automaker tweeted a video debuting the new model, roughly three months after confirming the Roadster's existence.