BMW i8 Roadster 2018 Price in India, Images, Mileage, Launch date, test drive

BMW i8 Roadster 2018 Price in India

BMW took the stage at the 2018 Auto Expo with the i3s and i8 Roadster. The Roadster will be officially launched in India and will join the i8 as BMW’s halo product in the country. Based on the i8 Spyder Concept of 2012, the drop-top i8 was first showcased at the 2017 Los Angeles Motor Show.

The i8 Roadster becomes the third member of BMW’s futuristic i family. The open-top i8 carries forward all the hardware of the i8 Coupe along with the design language. The CFRP construction ensures lightweight. Therefore, the drop-head i8 is just 60 kilograms heavier than its hard-top sibling. The all-electric roof opens and closes at a touch of a button in 15 seconds and while travelling at up to 50kmph. The soft-top can be stowed back in a cavity behind the seats in a perpendicular position. BMW has modified the windscreen as well in order to accommodate the new roof. The windscreen now gets a strengthened frame and larger quarter windows. The rear window doubles up as a wind deflector and can also be closed or opened independently without the roof.

On the inside, the cabin has been updated similar to the i8 Coupe. The Roadster gets special seats, bespoke tuning for springs, damping and Dynamic Stability Control. The stylish 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels come as standard. The 8.8-inch free-standing iDrive system now gets an option of touchscreen control. The 2+2 seating configuration is now changed to a strict two-seater.

Powering the i8 Roadster is the same eDrive plug-in hybrid drive system but is now more powerful than before. The battery pack is upgraded to 11.6kWh over 7.1kWh. The electric motors now produce 105kW/143bhp and can drive the car to 105kmph on pure battery power which can be increased to 120kmph at a push of an (eDrive) button. The electric range is now claimed to be 53 kilometres. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder gasoline engine is still present putting out 230bhp. The combined power output of 369bhp and 570Nm is channelled through a six-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels.

Pricing for the new i8 Roadster wasn’t revealed at the Expo stage. However, BMW will soon launch the open-top hybrid sports car in India given the response the standard i8 has garnered in the country. Expect it to be priced slightly higher than the coupe sibling but slightly under the Rs 3 crore mark.

Specification of BMW i8 Roadster

Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi 2.25 Cr*
ARAI Mileage 47.45 kmpl
Fuel Type Petrol
Engine(cc) 1499
Max Power [email protected]
Max Torque [email protected]
Seating 4
Engine Description 1.5-litre 228bhp 12V Hybrid Engine
TransmissionType Automatic
Cargo Volume 154-litres

Engine & Transmission

Engine Type Hybrid Engine
Engine Description 1.5-litre 228bhp 12V Hybrid Engine
Engine Displacement(cc) 1499
No. of cylinder 3
Maximum Power [email protected]
Maximum Torque [email protected]
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Valve Configuration DOHC
Fuel Supply System MPFI
Bore x Stroke 82 X 94.6 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Turbo Charger Yes
Super Charge No
TransmissionType Automatic
Gear Box 6 Speed
Drive Type 4WD

Capacity & Dimensions

Length 4689mm
Width 2218mm
Height 1291mm
Ground Clearance Unladen 117mm
Wheel Base 2850mm
Front Tread 1644mm
Rear Tread 1721mm
Kerb Weight 1560kg
Gross Weight 1930kg
Cargo Volume 154-litres
Front Headroom 983mm
Rear Headroom 824mm
Tyre Size 195/50 R20
Tyre Type Tubeless,Radial
Alloy Wheel Size 20 Inch
Seating Capacity 4
No of Doors 2

Safety

Anti-Lock Braking System
EBD
Parking SensorsFront & Rear
Central Locking
Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock
Brake Assist
Power Door Locks
Child Safety Locks
Anti-Theft Alarm
Anti-Pinch Power Windows
Driver Airbag
Passenger Airbag
Side Airbag-Front
Side Airbag-Rear
Knee Airbags
Day & Night Rear View Mirror
Head-Up Display
Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
Xenon Headlamps
Halogen Headlamps
Rear Seat Belts
Seat Belt Warning
Pretensioners & Force Limiter Seatbelt
Door Ajar Warning
Side Impact Beams
Front Impact Beams
Traction Control
Adjustable Seats
ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
KeyLess Entry
Tyre Pressure Monitor
Vehicle Stability Control System
Hill Descent Control
Hill Assist
Engine Immobilizer
Crash Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor
Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
Engine Check Warning
Automatic Headlamps
Clutch Lock

Advance Safety Features

  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Brake Energy Regeneration
  • Acoustic Protection For Pedestrains
  • Head Airbags For All Seats
  • Cornering Brake Control
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electric Parking Brake
  • Tyre Puncture Repair Kit
  • Warning Triangle With First Aid Kit
  • Road Side Assistance

First brought to the 2012 Beijing Motor Show back in 2012 as a concept, the BMW i8 Roadster was later revealed at the last year’s LA motor show in November. The two-seat drop-top is now prepping to share the stage with other upcoming BMW models at the 2018 Auto Expo. Essentially, a convertible version of the i8, the vehicle is expected to be launched at the biennial event. As for the BMW i8 Roadster expected price in India, it will carry a massive price tag.

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