BMW I8 Roadster Rumored to Double Regular i8's Capacity

Michael Accardi
by Michael Accardi

The BMW i8 is getting some changes.

When BMW finally gets around to unveiling the i8 Roadster at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show this December, it’s also expected to announce significant upgrades for the current car.

According to BMW Blog, the i8 Roadster will allegedly pack twice the capacity of the i8 coupe. The current car clocks 14.2 mpg using a turbocharged three-cylinder and 7.1-kWh battery pack. BMW didn’t provide specifics, but the doubling in battery size is analogous to the i3’s expected increase from 22 kWh to 43.2 kWh in 2018.

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The increase in battery capacity is expected to bring a power increase, which could see the i8’s combined output jump to around 400 horsepower.

In addition, the car is expected to make its debut wearing a new shade of paint, Electric Copper, along with the ability to open and close the soft top in 14 seconds at speeds up to 37 mph (60 km/h). There’s also a planned infotainment and safety system upgrade.

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