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i8 Roadster Pros & Cons

By Abhishek Katariya on Mac 04, 2020
Things We Like in i8 Roadster

Powerful engine

Sporty design

Comfortable and futuristic cabin

Things We Dont Like in i8 Roadster

Lacks a rear spoiler

Recent Updates of i8 Roadster

There’s some unfortunate news for every i8 series lover- BMW earlier this year, declared the production halt of i8 Roadster with no further notice of its successor plans. The hybrid, high-performing BMW car model was launched in June 2014, and after six years, the production has stopped. The car is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor which would provide  369 horsepower to the car. The car has scissor doors which the company designed to give a futuristic look to the car. The inner cabin having two seats behaves as a cockpit with fully loaded driver panel and the dashboard.

BMW i8 Roadster Price

The i8 Roadster is priced at RM 1.48 Million.

BMW i8 Roadster Variants

There are 1 variants available of i8 Roadster: 1.5L.

BMW i8 Roadster Power-trains

The i8 Roadster is powered by a 1499cc 3-cylinder Petrol engine produces 228 hp of power and 320 Nm of torque.

It comes with the option of a 6-Speed Automatic transmission gearbox.

BMW i8 Roadster Features

The feature list of i8 Roadster includes Power Door Locks, Anti Theft Device, Anti-Theft Alarm and Engine Immobilizer in terms of security.

Features for Comfort & Convenience include Air Conditioner, Power Windows Front, Automatic Climate Control, Heater, Engine Start/Stop Button, Adjustable Seats, Height Adjustable Driver Seat, On Board Computer, Electric Folding Rear View Mirror, Automatic Headlamps, Accessory Power Outlet, Power Steering, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Cruise Control, Low Fuel Warning Light, Cup Holders-Front, Keyless Entry and Central Console Armrest.

Features for Entertainment & communication include Touch Screen, FM/AM/Radio, Navigation System, Bluetooth Connectivity, USB & Auxiliary Input, Speakers Front, Integrated 2DIN Audio and Voice Control.

BMW i8 Roadster Interior

The interior features include Tacho Meter, Electronic Multi Tripmeter, Leather Seats, Leather Steering Wheel, Digital Clock, Digital Odometer and Electric Adjustable Seats.

BMW i8 Roadster Exterior

If we talk about the exterior features then it include Adjustable Headlights, Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror, Rain Sensing Wiper, Alloy Wheels, Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank, Removable Convertible Top, Integrated Antenna and Remote Fuel Lid Opener.

BMW i8 Roadster Safety

The safety features of the Model includes the Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbag-Front, Anti-Lock Braking System, Brake Assist, Ebd, Vehicle Stability Control System, Seat Belt Warning, Day & Night Rear View Mirror, Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts, Rear Camera, Parking Sensors, Crash Sensor, Engine Check Warning, Front Impact Beams, Side Impact Beams, Door Ajar Warning and Traction Control.

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BMW i8 Roadster Colors

i8 Roadster is available in 7 different colors - Crystal White Pearl With Frozen Grey Metallic, Crystal White Pearl With I Blue, Ionic Silver With I Blue, Protonic Blue With Highlight Frozen Grey Metallic, Sophisto Grey Brilliant With I Blue, Sophisto Grey Brilliant With Frozen Grey Metallic and Frozen Grey Accent Metallic.

BMW i8 Roadster Review

By Abhishek Katariya on Mac 04, 2020
  • i8 Roadster Overview
  • BMW i8 Roadster Interior & Features
  • i8 Roadster Exterior
  • BMW i8 Roadster Ride & Handling
  • i8 Roadster Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • BMW i8 Roadster Braking & Safety
  • i8 Roadster Verdict

i8 Roadster Overview

BMW i8 Roadster was recently launched in the Malaysian market, and it is one of the most anticipating plug-in hybrid electric sports cars that one can find in the automobile market. Talking about the on-road pricing (without the insurance charges), it is RM100,000 more expensive compared to the Coupé at RM1,508,800. It flaunts an attractive design statement where one can observe a lot of aerodynamic work present on the carbon fibre body. Even if it looks quite similar to the Coupé, there are some angles from which the car looks more radical. The engine is very powerful, and there’s also an electric motor present under the hood. Due to the electric motor, the overall range of the car has also been improved.

BMW i8 Roadster Interior & Features

Getting inside the car, you get power-adjustable seats, which features a driver’s side memory as well. A head-up display is provided so that you can focus on the road instead of getting distracted from the instrument console.

Standard features include keyless entry, push-button start, a 360-degree camera and dual-zone auto climate control. Moving to the infotainment system, the Roadster comes equipped with an 8.8-inch touchscreen, a Professional navigation system, and a 600-watt 16 speakers Harman Kardon surround sound system with Digital Amplifier for endless entertainment. The multi-function power steering comes with all the necessary buttons that one needs while driving without getting distracted. The Central Console Armrest and cruise control allow you to cruise with comfort. It also comes with Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddle that allows you to take control of the gearshifts and manually shift the gears whenever you desire.

i8 Roadster Exterior

As the name suggests, it comes with an open-top design statement that makes the car look very sporty from all aspects. It looks similar to the Coupé as it gets the same low-slung and futuristic swooping design. The attractive dihedral doors are also taken from the earlier model. The new extension includes a fabric roof, which is capable enough to fold away electrically within 15 seconds even at speeds of 50 km/h. The C-pillar comes equipped with Roadster badging.

The i8 Roadster is offered in seven different colours - Crystal White Pearl With I Blue, Sophisto Grey Brilliant With I Blue, Sophisto Grey Brilliant With Frozen Grey Metallic, Protonic Blue With Highlight Frozen Grey Metallic, Crystal White Pearl With Frozen Grey Metallic, Ionic Silver With I Blue, and Frozen Grey Accent Metallic.

The wheels offered here are quite similar to the pre-facelift i8, as it gets 20-inch W-spoke style 470 alloys. Instead of an aluminium frame, it flaunts a carbon fibre monocoque, which signifies that it is only 60 kg heavier at 1,595 kg (total kerb weight). It also gets LED headlights with high beam assist for better visibility during low light conditions.

BMW i8 Roadster Ride & Handling

It comes fitted with MacPherson Strut suspension at the front and Multi-Link suspensions at the rear. The overall ride quality is on the stiffer side. However, the stiffer setup helps in gaining stability during high-speed runs.

i8 Roadster Engine & Fuel Consumption

Under the hood, it flaunts the same 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine from the 318i. However, the output is boosted to 231 hp of maximum power and 320 Nm of peak torque. The power is only sent to the rear wheels via an Aisin six-speed automatic gearbox.

Along with that, it also comes with a powerful electric motor, which is capable of churning out 12 hp more power at 143 hp. The total output generated is 374 hp, which allows the car to sprint to 100 km/h from stationary in just 4.6 seconds. The increased cell capacity and higher gross energy capacity makes all-electric range 50 per cent better than the previous i8.

On the NEDC cycle, the fuel economy is rated at 2.0 litres per 100 km. It features a 3.6 kW onboard charger that allows the user to completely charge the vehicle within three hours.

BMW i8 Roadster Braking & Safety

In terms of safety, it comes with collision warning, pedestrian warning and autonomous emergency braking as standard. Other safety features include airbags, ABS, EBD, vehicle stability control system, seat belt warning, traction control, parking sensors, impact beams and more.

i8 Roadster Verdict

BMW i8 Roadster is a very sporty machine, and the carmaker has now made it more practical by increasing the overall range of the car. The interiors are very futuristics and get all the necessary features. The engine churns out excellent performance, and the vehicle can be taken for tracks day also. Overall, it is a huge bang for the buck.

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