The BMW i8 Roadster will start at $164,295 including destination when it goes on sale in the United States this spring.
The hybrid convertible carries a $16,000 premium over the updated new i8 Coupe, which will start at $148,495 with destination. Standard equipment on the i8 Roadster includes 20-inch wheels, E-Copper Leather, a Head-Up Display and heated front seats. Options are limited to BMW’s Laser Lights ($6,300) and black brake calipers ($2,500). Customers will also have to fork over $2,500 for special colors like Crystal White Pearl Metallic with Frozen Grey or Frozen Blue accents, but E-Copper, Sophisto Grey Metallic and Donington Grey will come free of charge.
The updated i8 Coupe and i8 Roadster feature an updated powertrain with a more robust electric drive system. The 7.1-kWh battery found in the pre-update version of the hybrid has been replaced with an 11.6 kWh pack, which has boosted electric output to 143 hp and increased EV driving speeds to 60 mph. With the three-cylinder engine at wide open throttle, the system will make a combined 374 hp – good for 0-60 mph in 4.4s (4.6 for the Roadster). It has a pure electric range of 34 miles.
The 2018 BMW i8 Roadster and updated i8 Coupe are available to order from BMW dealers now.