This story about the BMW i8 convertible was first published by CleanTechnica
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW took the wraps off the newest entry into its sustainability stable, the BMW i8 Roadster, which features a folding electric convertible top and improved performance.
The new i8 Roadster is a 2-seat convertible that comes to market with a new and improved high-voltage battery which allows for increased storage capacity and an increase in all-electric range. BMW has also tuned up this high-performance marriage of an electric powertrain and a powerful gasoline engine to squeeze out an extra 12 horsepower for a total of 369 hp.
- All-electric range: 18 miles (preliminary)
- Efficiency: 70 MPGe
- On-board charging speed: 6.6 kW J1772 – Level 1&2
- Motor power: 369 horsepower, 141 hp from the electric motor
- Torque: 184 lb-ft
- 0-60 Time: 4.4 seconds
- Battery capacity: 11.6 kWh, 9.4 kWh usable
- Battery type: Lithium-ion battery
- Base price: To be announced
The BMW i8 has never been the car for everybody. It’s not a daily driver and it’s not going to help the world avert the disastrous effects of anthropogenic climate change. Much like the Tesla Model X, the BMW i8 is a head-turner. Its aesthetics elicit a reaction that makes people want to know more. [Editor’s note: Of all the cars I’ve driven, I’ve never had so many expressions of exclamation from people on the street as I did when driving the “normal” BMW i8 around town.] Having said that, even its looks are not for everyone, nor should they be.