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Described as “the third member of the BMW i family,” the i8 Roadster is supposed to make its world debut later this year at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. A car that “will unlock the door to a whole new dimension in pioneering open-top driving pleasure – virtually silent and with zero local emissions,” the i8 Roadster will arrive in customers’ hands in 2018.
As ever, the powertrain will consist of a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and an electric motor. The facelift, however, is expected to bring forth a small boost in output and additional range coming courtesy of a bigger capacity lithium-ion battery. Guesstimates on what to expect are inconsistent, with the most conservative pinning the combined maximum output at 372 horsepower. At the other end of the scale, there are people who expect BMW to squeeze out something like 420 ponies.
In regard to pricing, be prepared to pay extra for the ragtop derivative. As a brief refresher, the 2017 BMW i8 kicks off from 134,000 euros in Germany and $143,400 in the United States before destination and handling.