The third member of the BMW ‘i’ family, the i8 Roadster, will go on sale across the United States in just a few weeks.
According to a document shared by BMWBlog, it will have a starting price of $164,295, including the $995 destination charge, or about $20,000 more than its fixed roof sibling.
Among its standard features, the new BMW i8 Roadster is said to get 20-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, heated seats and a head-up display, but if you’re looking for the coveted laser headlights, then get ready to spend another $6,300 on them.
The black brake calipers and ceramic controls are another $2,500, and the optional colors carry a $1,800 premium, so a properly equipped model will cost some $175,000 or more.
Just like the latest i8 Coupe, the new i8 Roadster uses an updated plug-in hybrid powertrain, which combines a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with an electric motor. The total output produced by the assembly is 374hp, which allows the open-top variant to cover the 0-60mph (0-96km/h) sprint in 4.4sec. Top speed is identical in both cars – 155mph (250km/h), but the i8 Coupe is 0.2sec faster to 60mph (96km/h).
As per NEDC, the BMW i8 Roadster can travel for up to 33 miles (53km) on electric power alone, at speeds of up to 65mph (105km/h), or 75mph (120km/h) in the eDrive mode.