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BMW Drops The Top On New i8 Roadster (And Upgrades The Coupe Too) 29
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Gallery, LA Auto Show, new cars, video on 11 29th, 2017


BMW is writing the next chapter of its flagship hybrid sports car with the reveal today not only of the new i8 Roadster, but an upgraded version of the i8 coupe as well.

The basic parameters are the same: plug-in hybrid powertrain, housed an aluminum chassis with a carbon-fiber monotub. But the battery boasts a higher capacity, and the hybrid powertrain more muscle to take the i8 even further (and faster).

The 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine now produces 231 horsepower (up from 228), and the electric motor 143 hp (up from 131 hp) for a combined output of 374 hp to rocket the i8 coupe from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and the roadster in 4.4 as they rocket towards their electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

With a battery pack upgraded from 20 Ah to 34 Ah and from 7.1 kWh to 11.6, it’ll also travel on electric power alone at speeds of up to 65 mph (instead of just 43 mph) – or 75 mph in eDrive mode. All-electric range is up to 34 miles (for the coupe, 33 for the convertible) on the ambitious New European Driving Cycle.

Perhaps best of all is that you can now get the i8 with a folding soft-top. Aside from the slight performance penalty, it does mean sacrificing the rear seats, but with the inherent rigidity of the carbon cell, chopping the roof off nets only a 132-pound weight penalty for a curb weight quoted at 3,516 lbs.

That roof, incidentally, can raise and lower in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph, folding into a compact Z-shaped vertical stack. The suspension’s been retuned for the roadster too, and new wheels for both versions reduce unsprung weight.

Following the debut of both versions at the LA Auto Show today, both versions are set to reach US showrooms next spring, with pricing to be revealed closer to launch.

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BMW i8 Roadster Teased, Debuts Later Today 29
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW i8, LA Auto Show, new cars, PHEV on 11 29th, 2017


It took BMW some 5 years to take the i8 Concept Spyder and turn it into a production model, but now it’s finally ready, and it will debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, in just a few hours.

Teased one last time ahead of its official unveiling, the second member of the i8 family, after the Coupe, reveals its LED headlight design, but the main feature that will set it apart from its fixed-roof sibling is the electrically operated folding soft top.

We still don’t know anything official about its powertrain, but it’s expected to remain identical to the BMW i8, although some sources that it could benefit from a larger battery capacity, of 14kWh, instead of the current 7.1kWh one. If that’s the case, then its zero-emission driving range will rise to over 40 miles (64km).

It will also be interesting to see whether the new BMW i8 Roadster will continue to be offered with the two cramped rear seats that are found on the i8 Coupe, or if it will come solely as a two-seater, but happily, we won’t have to wait that long to find out.

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Spy Shooters Snap What Could Be The BMW i8 S Coupe 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i8, BMW Scoops, Scoops on 11 16th, 2017


The BMW i8 Roadster is set to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month and spy photographers have just snapped photos of what appears to be an upgraded i8 coupe.

Caught undergoing testing in Germany, the mysterious model has our spy shooters wondering if it’s the facelifted i8 or a more powerful i8 S. They’re inclined to believe it is the latter as this particular prototype has a deeper front splitter, a small rear spoiler, and what appears to be a fully enclosed hood.

We’re not entirely sure what the model is but the facelifted i8 is expected to have an upgraded powertrain that produces around 420 hp (313 kW). The i8 S, on the other hand, is expected to have up to 450 hp (335 kW).

BMW has been tight-lipped about the car but rumors have suggested the facelifted model will come with a larger lithium-ion battery that reportedly has a capacity of around 14 kWh. This would increase the model’s EPA-estimated electric-only range beyond the 15 miles (24 km) that the coupe is currently rated for.

The updated i8 and i8 S are expected to be launched next year and the company could reveal some new details about the models in Los Angeles.

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BMW i8 Roadster Teased, Will Be Less Efficient Than The Coupe 13
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i8, BMW Videos, video on 11 13th, 2017


The BMW i8 Roadster is expected to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month and the company has just released a new teaser video of the upcoming model.

While the clip doesn’t show us the completed vehicle, it reveals the roadster will have a power retractable fabric roof and a small rear window.

The rest of the video doesn’t show much but it includes some preliminary fuel economy data and which discloses that the roadster will have a combined fuel economy rating (with the assistance of the electric motor) of 2.1 L/100km (112 mpg US / 134 mpg UK) and combined CO2 emissions of 48 g/km. These are slightly worse numbers than the current i8 Coupe which returns 2.0 L/100km (117 mpg US / 141 mpg UK) and has CO2 emissions of 44 g/km.

BMW hasn’t said much about the i8 Roadster but rumors have suggested the model could come with a larger lithium-ion battery that has a capacity of approximately 14 kWh. This would increase the model’s EPA-estimated electric-only range beyond the 15 miles (24 km) that the coupe is currently rated for.

Besides the beefier battery, reports have suggested the car’s powertrain could be upgraded to produce up to 420 hp (313 kW). Nothing is official as of yet but we’ll likely find out soon enough.

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BMW Bringing New Electrified Model At LA Show, Likely The i8 Roadster 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW Concepts, BMW i8, BMW M3, BMW M5, concepts, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, LA Auto Show, new cars, PHEV, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


BMW seems to have put an end to reports surrounding the time and place of the i8 Roadster’s presentation by announcing a new electrified model for the 2017 LA Auto Show.

Part of the brand’s commitment to offer 25 green cars by 2025, with 12 of those models to have zero-emission powertrains, the new BMW i8 Roadster will be based on its facelifted coupe sibling, bar the folding soft top.

Technically, it will remain identical to the regular i8, but it has been suggested that its battery capacity might double, from 7.1 to 14kWh. This means that the current electric range will be significantly improved, likely rising from 23 miles (37km), to over 40 miles (64km). Moreover, the entire powertrain is believed to be slightly updated as well, making a combined output of near 400hp.

Joining the i8 Roadster on the showroom floor will be the BMW i Vision Dynamics, an electric four-door Grand Coupe that can accelerate from 0 to 60mph (96km/h) in 4.0 seconds, and reach a top speed of 120mph (193km/h), while boasting a range of 373 miles (600km).

The MINI Electric Concept will also celebrate its North American premier in LA, alongside the BMW i3s. Other vehicles made by the BMW Group set to shine under the spotlight in the City of Angels are the newly-unveiled M3 CS, 8-Series Concept, X7 iPerformance Concept, M5, and 6-Series Gran Turismo, which is offered locally from $69,700, in the 640i xDrive specification.

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BMW Celebrates Building Its 100,000th i3 With A Giant Battery Farm 5
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Electric Vehicles, video on 11 5th, 2017


It’s been about four years since BMW started manufacturing the i3. And in that span of time, it’s produced 100,000 of them.

The milestone was celebrated at the plant in Leipzig, Germany, where the Bavarian automaker assembles its dedicated range of electric vehicles.

The plant churns out i3s at a rate of over 120 units each day, totaling 26,631 last year alone. It also handles production of the i8 at a rate of eight to ten per day, for a total of 2,783 in 2016. The next addition to the range will be the i8 Roadster, set for release next year.

BMW also produces the 1 Series and 2 Series at the plant in Leipzig. Porsche also assembles the Panamera, Cayenne, and Macan at its own plant in the same city, the largest in the federal state of Saxony and the tenth largest city in Germany.

“We are proud of the 100,000th BMW i3 built by our plant in Leipzig. The BMW i3 is the original, a true technological pioneer,” said BMW chairman Harald Krüger. “In the interests of sustainability, today we are also presenting a concept for the second use of BMW i3 high-voltage batteries. With our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, we are looking far beyond the car itself and driving change in our industry with totally new approaches and business models.”

The battery storage farm in Leipzig uses the decommissioned power packs from as many as 700 i3s to absorb surplus power from the local grid and supply it back when electricity production is low.

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Someone Thrashed This Guy’s New BMW i8, Now He’s Offering $10,000 To Help Catch Vandal 2
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, BMW, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Offbeat News, video on 11 2nd, 2017


For some strange reason, there are people out there who enjoy vandalizing cars and over the weekend, an enthusiastic BMW i8 owner in Lindon, Utah had his pride and joy damaged out of the blue.
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BMW i8 Roadster To Finally Premiere At LA Auto Show 1
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i8, Hybrids, LA Auto Show, Reports on 11 1st, 2017


The long-awaited BMW i8 Roadster will premiere at the LA Auto Show later this month, BMW Blog reports.
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Matte Black BMW i8 Stuns With Bronze Wheels 24
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i8, tuning, Wheels on 10 24th, 2017


There’s absolutely no mistaking the BMW i8 for any other car on the road.
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Matte Black BMW i8 Stuns With Bronze Wheels 24
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i8, tuning, Wheels on 10 24th, 2017


There’s absolutely no mistaking the BMW i8 for any other car on the road.
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All-Black AC Schnitzer-Tuned BMW i8 Is What KITT Would Look Like Today 9
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AC Schnitzer, BMW, BMW i8, Hybrids, tuning on 10 9th, 2017


The BMW i8 is still one of the world's most visually appealing cars thanks to its futuristic looks and strong road presence.
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BMW i8 Spyder To Benefit From Greater Range 27
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i8, Hybrids, Reports on 09 27th, 2017


The long-awaited BMW i8 Spyder is expected to have a longer range than the current hardtop.
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Join AC Schnitzer For A Hot Nurburgring Lap In A Custom BMW i8 25
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in AC Schnitzer, BMW, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Nurburgring, tuning, video on 09 25th, 2017


There may have been a time when the notion of a hybrid – perish the thought – setting a blistering Nurburgring lap time would have seemed unthinkable. But that was long before the Porsche 918 Spyder raised the bar at 6:57 back in 2013.
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West Coast Customs Makes BMW i3 And i8 Duo Look Like Spaceships 23
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Hybrids, tuning, video on 09 23rd, 2017


If you want to make a car stand out, you head to West Coast Customs, the tuning shop made famous by Pimp My Ride.
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West Coast Customs Makes BMW i3 And i8 Duo Look Like Spaceships 23
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Hybrids, tuning, video on 09 23rd, 2017


If you want to make a car stand out, you head to West Coast Customs, the tuning shop made famous by Pimp My Ride.
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