These days the trend of manufacturing “Eco Friendly” cars is growing rapidly and to stay in competition all big automotive brands are trying to produce Eco friendly or Eco supercars. The 2014 BMW i8 roadster concept will help the brand to enter into the segment of Eco Friendly cars. This is a range extender plug-in hybrid the Chevy’s Volt. The sports car i8 will be the part of BMW’s technologically advanced electric vehicles of the sub brand “I”.  It is said that another model i5 shares Powertrain with i8 and will be introduced in 2016. According to the BMW, two “I” models will hit the floors somewhere in 2013 and so you can expect that one of them will be the 2014 i8.

Expectations regarding Styling, dimensions and Specification

The 2014 BMW i8 concept was revealed at 2012 Los Angeles auto show that is almost same in the style, design and Powertrain to the 2014 i8 coupe but now will give you an option to enjoy open year. Similar to the i8 coupe, the roadster is also built on the BMW’s lightweight Modular LifeDrive platform with an appealing 2 seat interior. The car will little resemble the BMW 3-series but will slightly longer and about 3.5 inches lower. The car will have a curb weight of 3,270 lbs. The style of the i8 roadster is audacious that features larger wheels, short overhang, scissors door, twin blisters on the rear deck and a carbon fiber made lift out panel, kidney grille, laser headlamps, and the vehicle will be constructed mostly of carbon fiber.

For such a sophisticated looking roadster we can also expect a charming, comfortable and high tech interior for two people. The cabin is expected to feature a clean and distinctive instrument panel and dashboard, HD instrumentation for a composed, energy efficient and firm driving and lots of other technologically advanced features that will make it a suitable and comfortable  futuristic car for even extended trips.

Drivetrain and Performance

The car is expected to have a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder turbocharged direct injected engine paired with 126 KW electric motor that produces 131 horsepower. Both power plants will generate an impressive 354 horsepower and 406 lb ft of torque with a top speed of 155 mph. The car will sprint out from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds. With a fully charged electric motor, the car can travel up to 19 miles. The battery can fully charge in two hours with a 240V power supply. However, we can just hope and wait to get the an impressive real world performance from the 2014 BMW i8 concept roadster.

Safety Features

The 2014 BMW i8 concept roadster is under production and so only a few information regarding its standard features are available. On the basis of such information standard safety features will include traction and stability control system, ABS with 4 wheel disc brakes etc.

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Pricing and Availability

The 2014 BMW i8 concept roadster will go on sale later in 2014 with an expected price tag of £80,000 to £100,000.

Competitors

The 2014 BMW i8 concept roadster can expect market competition from Audi R8 V8, Tesla roadster and Mercedes Benz SLS AMG electric drive.

Pros

  • Ultra modern exterior
  • Decent power out put and impressive torque
  • Better fuel economy
  • 50 by 50 weight distribution

Cons

  • No confirmed base price
  • No official launch date

The Verdict

The 2014 BMW i8 concept roadster is under production and people have to wait long to get the production version. It is difficult to say anything about the performance and features of this car and we can just hope for the best from this car.