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BMW has fi­nally lopped the top o its strik­ing hy­brid sportscar...

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…and the re­sult is stun­ning. Shar­ing its launch with that of the up­dated i8 Coupé, the Road­ster utilises its sib­ling’s car­bon-fi­bre and alu­minium hy­brid ar­chi­tec­ture. In echoes of the coupé, the Road­ster adopts gull­wing doors but drops the solid roof in favour of a dou­ble-lay­ered can­vas unit that folds elec­tri­cally into a dar­ingly styled rear deck. As part of the up­date, the i8’s pow­er­train has been worked on, with the mid-mounted bat­tery ar­ray get­ting a bump from 20 to 34 Ah. This im­prove­ment ex­tracts an ad­di­tional 9 kw from the elec­tric mo­tor and con­trib­utes to an all-elec­tric op­er­at­ing range of 53 km (55 km for the coupé). With 275 kw on tap, the Road­ster com­pletes the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4,6 sec­onds, while the Coupé slashes that fig­ure down to 4,4 sec­onds. Fuel con­sump­tion stands at 2,1 L/100 km for the Road­ster and 1,9 L/100 km for the fixed-head model.

ETA: Q3

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