The BMW i8 Roadster is the roadster variant of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.
- Text originally from the BMW i8's Wikipedia page.
The BMW i8 Spyder concept was unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. In October 2016, BMW announced that the roadster variant would be added to the BMW i line-up in 2018. The production version of the BMW i8 Roadster was premiered in late 2017, and delivery of the first 18 exclusive first edition units took place in May 2018.
The battery cell capacity of both models, coupé and roadster, was increased from 20 to 34 Ah and a gross energy content of 11.6 kWh. At the same time, optimized battery cell technology made it possible to increase the peak output of the electric motor by 9 kW/12 hp to 105 kW/143 hp. These improvements made possible for the BMW i8 Coupé to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, while the BMW i8 Roadster takes 4.6 seconds. Both models reach a top speed of 250 km/h. The all-electric range rose to 55 km (34 mi) for the BMW i8 Coupé and to 53 km (33 mi) for the BMW i8 Roadster. The BMW i8 Roadster has only 2 seats, and the roof is an electric 2-piece unit, which neatly folds into the space where the rear seats would normally be.
The BMW i8 Roadster was added in the Full Throttle Update as a mid/high-end Class D car with the following rank statistics:
At 1-star, it features a low top speed, decent acceleration, average handling, and decent nitro power and efficiency. The BMW i8 Roadster's main competitors are the Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack, Porsche 718 Cayman S and Lotus Elise Sprint 220. When upgraded, its overall stats are improved significantly, with its excellent acceleration stat (79.72) and its good nitro efficiency (66.88), it is able to compete with cars like the Lotus Elise Sprint 220, Ginetta G60, and even the Honda Civic Type-R in some cases.
Blueprints for the i8 Roadster were available in the Bugatti La Voiture Noire Drive Syndicate event as limited-time packs or as single blueprints. The car can be unlocked after completing four Desert Disaster chapters and reaching 15,000 as 30 blueprints are rewarded at this milestone. Three other blueprints are also available after completing races in the Full Throttle career season.
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