Are you one of those people who thinks that hybrid technology is limited to boring hatchbacks and sedans? That couldn’t be further from the truth, and you only need a quick glance at the BMW i8 Roadster to have every previously-held notion you had about hybrids shattered and corrected. The i8 gives you sportscar performance and looks with world-beating efficiency and economy.
Stunning and head-turning looks come as standard in the i8 Roadster. The sleek aerodynamic outer design is irresistible. It’s built with lightweight carbon fiber dihedral doors which open upwards for that futuristic feel. The big door cutouts give easy access, and you can whip the roof up or down in an amazingly quick 16 seconds. You can choose from a range of 2-tone colors, as well as various 20” alloy wheel options — W-spoke, radial spoke, turbine spoke.
The car is powered by a 374hp 1.5L petrol engine, along with an 11.8kWh battery to push the electric motor. The combined power can get you from 0 to 60 in just over 4 seconds, but all while delivering maximum fuel economy of 128.4mpg. Yes, you read that right. Going all-electric gives you an extra 31 miles of range. If you ever wondered how they’d make sportscars practical as well as stylish, the BMW i8 Roadster delivers you the answer on 4 exquisite 20” alloy wheels.
On the inside, the driver and passenger enjoy electronically adjustable sports seats with memory function so you never have to reset your seat settings after a loved one has been driving the car. Every i8 interior color scheme offers something unique and all in sumptuous and delightful leather — Carpo Ivory Black/White, Accaro E-Copper, Carpo Amido and more splendid color schemes. Convenience is also the name of the game thanks to keyless entry with the special BMW “display key.” This stylish fob shows you on screen your car’s vitals like current fuel level and charge level so you can plan ahead. In addition, because the i8 is a plug-in hybrid, you can charge the battery either at home, near the office or at one of the growing number of charge points around the country. Your hybrid, your choice.
Athletic and aerodynamic though it is, the BMW i8 Roadster is also built for safety. Innovative features like Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) reduces wheel spin, while a host of other ADAS additions make safe driving a breeze. Systems to warn you of approaching hazards, pedestrians or cyclists, a rear-view camera and park assist, real-time traffic info, speed limit information, automatic high-beam assist — the list goes on.