ICON OF A NEW ERA

If the BMW i8 isn’t al­ready iconic, the BMW i8 Road­ster is sure to achieve that sta­tus

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The firsT Time I laid my eyes on the BMW i8, like most peo­ple, was when I was watch­ing Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble: Ghost Pro­to­col. The movie to me was fast paced and ac­tion packed. Tom Cruise, fa­mous for per­form­ing his own stunts, went about in an­other round of 101 Ways You Could Die a Grue­some Death, a game he could prob­a­bly write the man­ual on. Yet, when the scene where the BMW i8 first ap­peared came on, not only it was as if the movie had slowed down, so did my whole world. To say the car was breath­tak­ing was an un­der­state­ment.

To­day, the BMW i8 still has an aes­thetic that many would call ahead of its time – an im­pres­sive feat con­sid­er­ing the de­sign has been around since the year 2009 – and that’s tak­ing away the fact that prior to the un­veil­ing of the con­cept car, the de­sign had al­ready been on the blue­print for who knows how long.

Fol­low­ing the re­lease of the BMW i8 Coupé which BMW dubbed the New Gen­er­a­tion of a Vi­sion, BMW Malaysia re­cently in­tro­duced the icon of a new era: the first-ever BMW i8 Road­ster. Car­ry­ing over the BMW i de­sign lan­guage to a dis­tinc­tive ve­hi­cle, the first-ever BMW i8 Road­ster al­lows for a broad roof that re­tracts fully into the rear end of the ve­hi­cle. Able to be ini­ti­ated at a trav­el­ling speed of up to 50 km/h, the 15-sec­ond process of ei­ther clos­ing or open­ing the roof en­ables the op­ti­mum driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Fea­tur­ing a brand new LifeDrive ve­hi­cle ar­chi­tec­ture which re­sults in a hor­i­zon­tally split struc­ture com­pris­ing an alu­minium chas­sis and a car­bon fi­bre-re­in­forced poly­mer (CFRP) pas­sen­ger cell, the first-ever BMW i8 Road­ster of­fers the ut­most de­gree of de­sign free­dom.

Weigh­ing a measly 1,595kg, the ex­cep­tional light­ness of the ve­hi­cle is due largely to the CFRP from which the frame­less gull­wing doors and wind­screen are made from. Be­sides that, the side skirts are also crafted from CFRP, al­low­ing for an over­all sav­ing on weight. Ac­cel­er­at­ing from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 sec­onds, the first-ever BMW i8 Road­ster brings with it the ground­break­ing BMW eDrive tech­nol­ogy and op­ti­mised in­tel­li­gent en­ergy man­age­ment, thus lead­ing to the elec­tric mo­tor be­ing solely re­spon­si­ble for in­creased driv­ing sit­u­a­tions.

The first-ever BMW i8 Road­ster fur­ther reaf­firms BMW Malaysia’s lead­er­ship in Elec­tro Mo­bil­ity, with the brand tak­ing strides in pro­pel­ling e-mo­bil­ity. Com­mit­ted to Vi­sion­ary Mo­bil­ity and Elec­tro Mo­bil­ity, this ded­i­ca­tion was for all to see when the au­to­mo­tive group col­lab­o­rated with FLYPROJECT in or­gan­is­ing Malaysia’s largest out­door FlyCy­cle class in an ef­fort to cre­ate aware­ness on both Vi­sion­ary Mo­bil­ity and Elec­tro Mo­bil­ity with the new gen­er­a­tion of a vi­sion – the BMW i8 Coupé – as the back­drop. The BMW i8 Coupé was in­tro­duced to the Malaysian mar­ket ap­prox­i­mately a month be­fore the first-ever BMW i8 Road­ster.

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