BMW’s i8 has always been a very futuristic car. With all of it’s hybrid tech and the electric motors, some might even call it a bit ahead of its time. It’s the car which Tom Cruise raced through the streets in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Interestingly, those scenes were set in India. But before that it made its first appearance as the BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics – a plug-in hybrid sports car concept. Usually when a concept transforms to a production model, it ends up looking nothing like the show car which enticed crowds during auto shows. But the i8 is one of the exceptions. Production of the hybrid sports car started in 2014 and it has received an incredible response for a car of its class. Loaded with tech and gizmos, the i8 is the most expensive BMW available in India. Getting one is going to propel the owner to instant celebrity status among both sports car enthusiasts and the green brigade. Why so? It does 0-100kph in 4.4 seconds and delivers a fuel efficiency figure of 47kpl.
Now, BMW has in store the upcoming BMW roadster, a convertible version of the coupe and we even have teaser video of the same! Have a look at this video that the ‘i’ division of BMW- the one which is responsible for the i8 has posted on their Facebook channel-
Icon of a new era: powerful and unstoppable.The first ever BMW i8 Roadster is getting ready to lift up its wings in 2018.__________All figures are preliminary:BMW i8 Roadster plug-in hybrid BMW eDrive: energy consumption (combined): 15,4 kWh/100 km. Fuel consumption (combined): 2,0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions (combined): 45 g/km. Fuel consumption is determined in accordance with the ECE driving cycle (93/116/EC), made up of approximately one-third urban traffic and two-thirds extra-urban driving (based on the distance covered).Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines', which are available free of charge at all sales outlets and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany and on http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html
Posted by BMW i on Monday, July 3, 2017
Aesthetically, the car looks more or like the ongoing model but we will have to wait and see the actual production version to see what the actual changes will be in the roadster! This beauty will most likely be showcased early next year, till then, stay tuned to Exhibit Auto for more such updates from the International auto scene!