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At a Glance:  BMW i8 Roadster

BMW’s sports car of the future finally hits the Thai market.

If your definition of “future” is modernity, sleekness, flexibility, mobility and freedom, then your future is BMW i8 Roadster.

The i8 Roadster made headlines last week when it’s unveiled to the Thai public during BMW Xpo 2018 at CentralWorld alongside the new BMW X4 xDrive20d M Sport and the new BMW M2 Edition Black Shadow. 

The spotlight, however, falls on the i8 Roadster thanks to its sleek, iconic design, the innovative plug-in hybrid engine and a unique mechanism on soft-top covers with the all-electric root opening and closing in just 15 seconds.


BMW i8 Roadster

Revolutionary Design

The design of the i8 Roadster features progressive lines and dynamic body that shout futurism. The lightweight carbon-fibre hinged doors opens in a smooth sweep while the BMW double kidney at the front, flanked by full-LED headlights and redesigned Air Curtains, reflects athletic spirit and individuality. The streamflow design optimises airflow and creates unprecedented aerodynamics. 


Revolutionary Architecture

The i8 Roadster owes its performance to BMW’s exceptional lightweight concept: the LifeDrive Architecture. Model-specific body strengthening elements and gullwing doors feature the signature lightweight construction of BMW i models: windscreen frame also made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). It consists of the Drive module – an aluminium chassis and the Life module – an ultralight passenger compartment made of high-strength carbon-fibre. Both components are weight-optimised down to the last gram in order to take thought-out sustainability with perfected sportiness efficiently to the road.


BMW i8 Roadster

Revolutionary Technology

The i8 Roadster comes with plug-in hybrid drive system with rigorously optimised BMW eDrive technology. It’s powered by the lithium-ion high-voltage battery with cell capacity being upgraded from 20 to 34 Ah. The gross energy capacity thus rises from 7.1 to 11.6 kWh. Electric motor with max. output raised by 9 kW/12 hp to 105 kW/143 hp.

Driving with the electric motor alone is possible at up to 105 km/h / 65 mph. Pressing the eDrive button pushes the pure-electric driving threshold up to 120 km/h (75 mph). Electric range: 53 kilometres. (EU test cycle)


BMW i8 Roadster


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Revolutionary Facilities

The i8 Roadster is equipped with ConnectedDrive Services. BMW Connected personal mobility assistant enables extensive connectivity including new digital services such as intelligent route planning, sharing of the current trip status and highly personalised in-car displays. It also comes with BMW Display Key and Driving Assistant including Surround View, and a mode 2 charging cable.  Options include BMW Head-Up Display with model- specific content, non-dazzling BMW Laserlight with BMW Selective Beam, and acoustic pedestrian warning.


The BMW i8 Roadster is priced THB12,999,000, VAT and BSI Standard included.

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