BMW Drops First Teaser For Production-Spec i8 Roadster

BMW has released the first teaser for the i8 Roadster on its social media, showcasing the third model of the i lineup inside a wind tunnel.

The Bavarian car maker will introduce the topless version of the i8 next to the facelifted hardtop model.

New features will include a set of redesigned LED headlights, along with new bumpers front and rear and a refreshed range of alloy wheel designs. The most important revision however is going to be the new rear design, as the Roadster is set to get a pair of buttresses behind the driver and passenger.

The butterfly doors remain as we can see from the video as well, since their mechanism is mounted on the A-pillars, while the soft-top is expected to be manually removable.

The hybrid powertrain, which combines a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol mounted in the middle with an electric motor up front, is also expected to get a 10 percent boost in its output for a total closer to 420hp, instead of the current model’s 357hp.

The interior will also gain new upholstery options along with BMW’s latest generation of infotainment systems. BMW is planning to launch the new i8 and i8 Roadster in early 2018, with the public debut taking place at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.