Production of the BMW i8 will reportedly end in April this year as the company looks to focus on more mainstream electrified models, including the all-electric iX3 crossover, i4 fastback and iNext crossover.
Reports indicate the i8 will be replaced within the next five or so years by a production version of the M Next concept.
Launched globally in 2013, the i8 drew its design 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics. While the concept car was a turbo-diesel plug-in hybrid (PHEV), the production i8 had a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor.
Together they made a total of 266kW and 570Nm. With a 7.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the i8 had a pure electric driving range of 37km under the NEDC standard.
In 2018 the electric motor gained a few extra kilowatts, bumping total output to 275kW, while the larger 11.6kWh lithium-ion battery improve the car's EV range to 55km.
If news about the i8 proves to be true, it will make the i8 Roadster a short-lived model. Although a concept version debuted back in 2012, it wasn't until 2018 the convertible went into production.
Thanks to its folding soft-top, the Roadster is a two-seat only proposition.