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Published on May 7, 2019
Jonny Smith reviews the BMW i8 Roadster for the Fully Charged Show: Few cars of any price or propulsion can claim to make a bigger visual or technological impact than BMW's i8. Now with the roof removed (some 3 years after the coupe was born) you lose the rear seats but gain even more futuristic looks, together with potential facial sunburn. The £124,000 (roughly US$163,000) plug-in hybrid now hosts facelifted tech including revised li-ion cells, rising the pack capacity from 7.1kWh to 11.6kWh and EV-only range now claimed to be 33 miles. It may not be pure EV, but there is no doubting the influence, the technical prowess and positive attitude BMW’s flagship i vehicle brings to the plug-in party. Grabbing people’s attention to appreciate a carbon fibre small engined plug-in sports car that looks way more expensive than its price tag is no bad thing.
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