Home » Tech

Roadster Arrives With Refreshed BMW i8 Coupe

30 November, 2017, 12:31 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • 2018 BMW M5 wallpapers 14 830x553

Inside, the i8 Roadster receives the latest version of iDrive with a choice of touch control on a free-standing 8.8-inch monitor or rotary control via a dial on the middle console. BMW has also been able to retain the Coupe's distinctive dihedral doors for the Roadster, designing new frameless units made from carbonfibre and overlaid with an aluminium skin.

Other changes include new front seats, revised interior trim options, and "Coupe" or "Roadster" badging around the C-pillar.

BMW says the inherent structural integrity of the i8's carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and aluminum structure has helped in limiting the weight gain for the Roadster, which is claimed to tip the scales 132 lbs. "If you're playing in that segment with the very expensive cars, it's always [that] you have to have the newest one". In electric-only mode, the top speed is 120km/h, while the driving range is now up to 53km in the soft-top, and 55km in the coupe. In the US, i8 sales are down 72 percent through the first 10 months of 2017, with just 364 sold.

Both models sport an updated powertrain system, whose electric bit now delivers a 12 horsepower increase in peak output to 143 horsepower. The rear window doubles as a wind deflector can also be closed or opened independently without the roof. It's cell capacity is increased from 20 Ah to 34 Ah, boosting energy capacity from 7.1 kWh to 11.6, giving it a net energy capacity of 9.4 kWh (usable). Now rated at 105kW of power and 250Nm of torque, the electric motor drives the front wheels.


Options on both models include head-up display, laser high beam system, and an acoustic pedestrian warning system, which operates at speeds up to 30km/h when the vehicle is operating in electric-only mode. Reaching 60 miles per hour in the coupe takes 4.2 seconds, while the roadster is slightly slower at 4.4 seconds, but both models have an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.

The liftback tailgate of the i8 Coupe also makes way for a lengthy engine cover on the i8 Roadster. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The Roadster's fuel consumption suffers more next to the coupe, but then it still records 134.5mpg on the combined cycle.

When it was shown as a concept - then called the i8 Spyder - it was unclear just what sort of roof it would have; now we know it gets a folding ragtop that tucks out of sight without eating up too much cargo space. The 2018 BMW i8 coupe starts at $146,395. Also on offer is a new upholstery option, Tera World Copper with E-Copper upholstery.

Recommended:

  • Actor James Woods witnessed poker cage robbery in Vegas

    Actor James Woods witnessed poker cage robbery in Vegas

    Metro Captian John Pelletier said that they are "comfortable and confident" that they have enough to apprehend the man. Las Vegas police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Bellagio hotel-casino around 3:37 p.m.
    Paramedics take Palliative Care Patient to the Beach

    Paramedics take Palliative Care Patient to the Beach

    After her photo was posted online on Facebook , it rapidly spread, shared over 19,000 times in 36 hours, with over 59,000 "likes". The ambulance crew was transporting the terminally ill woman to the palliative care unit at a Caloocan hospital.
    Just who is Malia Obama's British boyfriend?

    Just who is Malia Obama's British boyfriend?

    According to Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton , they couldn't be more incorrect. She is a young adult and private citizen, and should be OFF limits'.
  • India outraged at release of Hafiz Saeed

    India outraged at release of Hafiz Saeed

    The US treasury department had designated Saeed as a specially-designated global terrorist under executive order 13224 in 2008. In an interview with the BBC , Saeed said the court's decision was proof of his innocence with regard to the Mumbai attacks.
    Kobach: Trump failed 'big test' on immigration with Haiti

    Kobach: Trump failed 'big test' on immigration with Haiti

    President Donald Trump took office in January, the department has terminated temporary permit programs for Sudan and Nicaragua. Forry said government officials should realize that TPS beneficiaries entered the country legally and are paying taxes.
    Army chief says Israel prepared to share intel with Saudi Arabia

    Army chief says Israel prepared to share intel with Saudi Arabia

    A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also did not respond immediately to a request to comment. The Israeli army's chief of staff gave the first interview by someone in his post to a Saudi news outlet.
  • Russia's Foreign Agent Media Law: What We Know About New Amendments

    Russia's Foreign Agent Media Law: What We Know About New Amendments

    Media outlets that will be deemed "foreign agents" will have to comply with the same laws as non-profits deemed as such.
    The iPhone SE sequel tipped to launch in Q1 next year

    The iPhone SE sequel tipped to launch in Q1 next year

    The fact that the original iPhone SE found many takers is prove enough that people still like small screen smartphones. As this design involves all-metal unibody design, the phone is not expected to feature wireless charging capability.
    OnePlus 5T is the fastest selling OnePlus smartphone to date

    OnePlus 5T is the fastest selling OnePlus smartphone to date

    The full OTA (over-the-air) update for the Android 8.0 OS will start rolling out in early 2018 for OnePlus 5 smartphones. You can also buy it on company's official website OnePlusStore.in, from 12pm to 1pm IST, open to all customers.
  • Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

    Microsoft plans upgrade for Redmond headquarters

    The campus remodel will be built for pedestrians and bikes with all cars in an underground parking facility. As a Zero Waste Certified campus we will continue to focus further on waste-reduction initiatives.
    Vardy and Mahrez fire Leicester to victory over Spurs

    Vardy and Mahrez fire Leicester to victory over Spurs

    For all of Tottenham's play however, they were heading into the break 2-0 down courtesy of a spectacular Mahrez goal. But it did not feel like the Tottenham Hotspur of then, who ran them so close.
    Harrison Ford helps rescue woman from auto  wreck

    Harrison Ford helps rescue woman from auto wreck

    The vehicle collided with a tree after rolling over, Santa Paula senior police officer Matt Alonzo told the Ventura County Star . Indiana Jones to the rescue! The actor then pulled over and rushed to her side along with other bystanders.


Popular

London civil claim lodged against Weinstein
Kadian Noble , 31, said Weinstein groomed her in London by promising a role in a film before attacking her in the French city. The suit argues that based on the aforementioned events, that Harvey Weinstein was in violation of sex trafficking laws.

'Lady Bird' Becomes Best-Reviewed Movie In Rotten Tomatoes' History
Gerwig added that the cast and crew are "using the tomato emoji more than [they] ever thought possible". Originally released in just two cities , " Lady Bird " expanded to theaters nationwide November 24.

Julio Jones has big game as Falcons beat Bucs
You can point the finger at rookie safety Justin Evans for losing track of the ball on that deep touchdown pass to Julio Jones . The Bucs got the ball first and made quick work of getting the game's first score on a Patrick Murray 36-yard field goal.

TIME says Trump is 'incorrect' on 'Person of the Year' award process
The US President took to twitter to say that the magazine had told him the would "probably" be selected as Person of the Year. Trump said in a tweet . "But I'm sure you still have that fake TIME cover somewhere in storage".

Partridge Family Star David Cassidy Dies at 67
Between 2010 and 2014, he was arrested several times on charges related to drunk driving, and entered rehab multiple times. Cassidy rose to prominence playing wholesome Keith Partridge on the ABC television series " The Partridge Family ".

Bells ringing for Christmas Kettle kick off in Trail
Gratitude filled the room as sweet potato, cornbread and turkey filled the bellies of dozens of people fighting different storms. The Salvation Army in Springfield served 255 people here at Harbor House today for their annual community Thanksgiving lunch.

Basel vs Manchester United
Manchester United are just within a point of securing qualification to the next round of the UEFA Champions League . If the team isn't winning, his presence will be important.

Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations
DuPré sought to cast doubt on Leigh Corfman, who has said Moore molested her when she was 14 years old. At first Trump offered a standard attack on Jones as "terrible on borders, awful on the military".

London buses are now powered by coffee
Shell and bio-bean believe that waste can be turned into B20 biofuel to power a third of London's bus networks. Once processed, the fuel source can be used on London buses without needing to modify the engine.

President Trump: He should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail
Trump, apparently insecure about approval ratings, asked whether the players would thank him. The team's head coach, Steve Alford, later announced the trio was suspended indefinitely.