BMW i8 Roadster - The sports car of the future
The new BMW i8 Roadster offers a combination of modern technology, innovative solutions and fast driving and environmental care. Why is it worth betting on them? What distinguishes yourself, how you drive and how much does it cost?
A car coming from the future
Alongside the BMW i8 Roadster, nobody will pass by indifferently. It looks like a vehicle from the future. It is characterized by an unusual and unobvious way of planes accompanying the silhouette of a sports car - low and wide. The owner of such a specimen will not remain anonymous - he will take all the glances at himself, but in the end it was probably the designers of this unusual vehicle who wanted to do that.
The Roadster version certainly looks even better than the Coupe. It is equipped with a 16-second material roof section. However, what attracts special attention is the door opener. With the help of an actuator, they can be easily opened upwards with almost no force at all. Although it may not be one of the most practical solutions, it cannot be accepted that it takes the car to a completely different level.
Climbing into this vehicle of the future is not the easiest one because of the wide threshold, therefore it is better to practice getting on and off in private.
Although the I8 is very loud from the outside, the inside is focused on classics and minimalism. The Roadster is a two-seater car, which is why a small shelf behind the seats has been designed in practice. Maybe it can't hold too much, but in combination with a tiny rack it can easily handle a shopping trip.
Even the minimalist cockpit has a modern soul - a lot of carbon fibre is used in it, and in an interesting form. Unfortunately, due to the fact that it is quite hard, it may resemble a bit of plastic, which gives the impression that it is a conceptual model.
The sports seats are very comfortable, they also provide comfort and good side support in corners.
The interior of the tested unit costs an additional 14 thousand zlotys, however, up to i8 there are not many options to choose from. Almost everything is included in the standard, so any personalisation will not consume the equivalent of the car.
In 4.6 seconds to "the hundred" in the hybrid
The BMW i8 Roadster, the technological facelift version of the Coupe, has also been introduced to the market. What changes have taken place?
The 3-cylinder 1.5 combustion engine known from the basic Mini is centrally located. It can generate 231 hp, but let's remember that it also has an electric motor with 143 hp. Responsible for front axle drive, while petrol drives the rear wheels.
The total power of the car is 374 hp - 14 hp more than in the previous version. The gearbox has also been extended to 8 instead of 6 gears. The maximum torque is 570 Nm.
The performance of the i8 Roadster is worthy of its appearance, but with design alone, it is no longer so impressive. 100 km/h is reached in 4.6 seconds, when the maximum speed is 250 km/h. Although the average fuel consumption is only 2.1 litres of petrol per 100 km, reality shows that it is higher - it is still very little compared to sports cars. The dynamic driving gave a result of 7.5 l/100 km - which speaks for itself.
Although the i8 Roadster is quite fast, it does not provoke you to drive fast. Rather, it's a slow ride around cities and enjoying the fun of driving, as well as being admired. The steering itself is extremely stable, even at high speeds and sharp curves.
From the road! i8 is coming!
The BMW i8 Roadster impresses and attracts attention wherever it appears. New technologies combined with care for the environment and great driving make it a real treat for motoring fans. And the pleasure of every type of ride, whether fast or slow - what more do you want?
Unfortunately, for such pleasures you have to pay the base price - 700 100 PLN in Roadster version and 63 thousand PLN less for Coupe. The possibilities of buying additional options are quite limited, therefore 800 000 PLN is enough to drive such a car of the future in full option.