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2018 BMW i8 Roadster, Coupe pricing and specs

BMW Australia has revealed pricing and specs for the updated i8 Coupe and recently-launched i8 Roadster, which kick off from $318,900 and $348,900 before on-road costs respectively. Both the i8 Coupe and Roadster are powered by a three-cylinder hybrid powertrain, which combines 11.6kWh battery and 105kW/250Nm electric motor with a 1...

BMW i8 Roadster: Limited editions to future-proof sales

BMW will make a play for the hearts of enthusiasts and collectors with the i8 Roadster, once the initial surge of orders for the new model settles. At the international launch of the plug-in hybrid roadster, i8 product manager, Marcus Pluntke, revealed BMW’s long-term plan already includes special edition cars to keep sales buoyant and appeal to collectors once i8 Roadster demand settles...

BMW i8: No sportier variant coming

BMW’s flagship plug-in hybrid i8 looks set to continue with just one powertrain variant, although a next-generation model could raise the bar again in terms of performance, according to the brand’s executive team. At the launch of the new i8 Roadster in Mallorca, Marcus Pluntke, product manager for the i8 Roadster and Coupe revealed to CarAdvice customers, somewhat surprisingly, haven’t been requesting an even-more performance-skewed version of the car...

BMW i3 and i8 may not be renewed for second generation

BMW could kill its i3 and i8 electric cars after just one generation, according to new reports out of Europe. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe, Stefan Jurascheck, head of electric powertrains for BMW AG, described the oddball pair as "unique". "These two were not [developed] as a family that we can expand in different [ways], or maybe five or 10 derivatives," Jurascheck said...

Owner Reviews: Best of January, 2018

We love Owner Reviews at CarAdvice. After all, the people who slapped down their hard-earned money on a car are, arguably, best qualified to tell the world what they're like! Here are our five favourites from January, along with the story that inspired the most comments...

2018 BMW i8 Coupe revealed for Detroit

The updated 2018 BMW i8 Coupe has been officially revealed this week, ahead of the 2018 Detroit motor show. Largely mirroring the specification of the i8 Roadster, the Coupe gets a larger 11.6kWh battery (up from 7.1kWh), and a more powerful 105kW electric motor (up 9kW). Zero-emissions driving range is rated at 55km, with top speed in electric mode claimed at 120km/h...

CarAdvice podcast 81: Direct from the Los Angeles Motor Show!

In this special edition, CarAdvice goes to the 2017 Los Angeles motor show. Paul Maric, Alborz Fallah and Trent Nikolic chat about the BMW i8 Roadster, Jaguar Land Rover's latest products, and the refreshed Mazda 6 getting a turbo petrol engine. Also, specs and details about the all-new Jeep Wrangler have been released, with an electrified version coming in 2020...

2018 BMW i8 Roadster unveiled alongside coupe update

  The long-awaited BMW i8 Roadster has been unveiled overnight, alongside an updated i8 Coupe at the 2017 Los Angeles motor show. The much-discussed Roadster features an electric folding soft-top, stored in a space-saving vertical position. It can be raised or lowered in 15 seconds, and is operable at speeds up to 50km/h...

2018 BMW i8 Roadster teased in new video

The upcoming BMW i8 Roadster has been teased again this week, ahead of its expected reveal at the Los Angeles motor show later this month. In a new video posted online, the (incomplete) i8 Roadster can be seen facing vigorous testing during the production process, hinting at the long process BMW has undertaken to make the drop-top as rigid and durable as its coupe sibling...

2018 BMW i8 roadster teased again ahead of LA debut - UPDATE

UPDATE: CarAdvice now understands that the i8 roadster is expected to be unveiled at the LA motor show in November, contrary to previous reports that indicated the plug-in hybrid drop-top would be revealed at September's Frankfurt motor show...

BMW i8 Protonic models confirmed for Australia

Just a handful of BMW i8 Protonic special edition models will be sold in Australia, at a cost of $303,300 plus on-road costs. The Protonic versions of the BMW i8 will be sold in extremely limited numbers. Only five will be available in Frozen Black (available to order now) while a single version in Frozen Yellow will be arrive in November...