At a glance
price : $ 309,900
engine : 275kW / 570Nm 1.5-liter turbo gasoline 3-cylinder and plug-in battery hybrid system.
Fuel efficiency: 2.0 liters per 100 kilometers.
The plug-in car won the Top Cars award this year. As they should: The EV product portfolio is growing and there has been an explosion of interest from the kiwi masses in all kinds of electric vehicles.
This does not really have anything to do with powertrain technology. But we did mention it because we think the plug in the sexiest car of 2018 is very cool.
Many will argue that the BMW i8 is not exactly beautiful. We will not agree.
* Top Coupe of 2018
* 2018 Top Convertible
* Popular plug-in cars in 2018
But "beautiful" and "sexy" are not necessarily the same. The combination of i8 styling and exotic forms is surprisingly noticeable and highly desirable. That's right. It is very sexy.
The new i8 Roadster is much more than a coupe brothers.
The open-top car's tiny fabric roof provides a nice profile that is as cool as a coupe. But when it contracts (there is a clever mechanism that stands upright and stands upright) it comes out in baby supercar style.
The roof shrinks in just 15 seconds and can operate up to 50 km / h. If it falls, pull the rear window 30mm back to stop the draft.
The lightweight design used in all i brand vehicles has been carried over to the roadster.
The bimodal door is a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), a new design made of aluminum sheath.
The windshield frame is made entirely of CFRP, which is an important safety feature of the roadster and represents the strength of the material.
The low slung shape is also partly provided by the side skirt of the i8 roadster, which is formed from CFRP.