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The new BMW i8 Roadster and BMW i8 Coupe now available in South Africa

Since the day it was unveiled, the BMW i8 has executed the role of the sports car of the future with astonishing success.

The new version of the BMW i8 Coupe will join the Roadster in the showrooms.

 

The brand bases both models on the LifeDrive vehicle architecture designed for BMW i cars.

The designed 2+2-seater doubles up as an eye-catching object of desire and a technological innovator.

The i8 has been the world’s highest-selling hybrid sports car since it first hit the roads in 2014.

Its far-sighted design and trailblazing vehicle concept saw it collecting an array of awards.

The BMW i8’s plug-in hybrid drive system has won the International Engine of the Year Award three years in succession (2015 – 2017), paving the way for the expanding number of plug-in hybrid models from the BMW and MINI brands.

Now the allure of sustainable driving pleasure is poising to enter another new dimension.

The new BMW i8 Roadster takes the i8’s combination of locally emission-free mobility and high-calibre performance and sprinkles the drop-top driving experience into the mix.

The Roadster exudes a whole new sensation of freedom, opening the door to silent motoring with zero CO2 emissions and bringing an extra edge of purity to open-air motoring.

Following the world premiere of the BMW i8 Roadster at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2017, local sales started at the end of May 2018.

The aluminium Drive module brings together the powertrain, high-voltage battery, suspension, crash system and structural functions, while the Life module takes the form of a passenger cell hewn from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP).

And so the BMW i8 Roadster also enjoys a low-weight construction, complete with a low centre of gravity and even weight distribution.

The aerodynamically optimise exterior–with model-specific gullwing doors and a soft-top roof that also displays great visual lightness–is a fine exponent of the signature BMW i design language.

The result is a two-seater boasting a distinctive and elegantly stretched silhouette and delivering an immediate promise of a swift power ready for unleashing.

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