The BMW i8 Roadster is another in the manufacturer's range of hybrid vehicles and has bags of presence and poise. It comes with an electric, soft top roof that can be fully opened in around 16 seconds. Whether your preference is top up or top down, you will still have access to all of the great eDrive technology. It's an all-round impressive piece of motoring joy.
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The BMW i8 Roadster has much in common with the Coupe from the same stable, so personal preference will really play a part in which you might opt for. It's nice of BMW to provide a wealth of choice in what is still a growing and to some degree niche market.
So, comparing performance tells us that just like the Coupe, the i8 Roadster will deliver 0-62mph in less than 5 seconds. In sports mode especially, this acceleration from a standing start is most impressive with a simple “press and go” system. Some of the i8's competitors both in the petrol engine market and other electric vehicles cannot boast of such a simple system.
In terms of modes, there is the aforementioned sports mode which comes complete with unique but not unpleasant sound, the comfort hybrid mode which is certainly quieter and there is also the full EV mode and it's fascinating to see and ‘hear' a car with so much power move along so quietly and effortlessly.
In terms of handling, the Roadster actually manages to improve on the Coupe's, which some reported could suffer from a little understeer at times. The offering here is more responsive thanks to the anti-roll bar which has been tightened up while the rebound damping at the front is softer than before. Combining these tweaks together has resulted in noticeably less understeer. Other slight changes include a little extra firming up of the body which was needed because of the lack of a solid roof. Also benefiting from a bit more strength is the rear bulkhead.
All in all, the BMW i8 Roadster is a particularly versatile vehicle and can appeal to those seeking sports thrills as well as those simply looking for a rock solid, yet super stylish mode of commuting. Those who like to switch between the two depending on the mood or the day are also catered for.
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