BMW gave AutoBild an exclusive look behind the scenes of their development center where a camouflaged BMW i8 Roadster was put on display for the German journalists.
The second model of the i8 family will debut next year, building atop the success of the first i8. With a removable roof and an LCI update to its eDrive powertrain, the BMW i8 Spyder will be the most exciting car to come from BMW all year. Much like the McLaren 650S Spyder, the BMW i8 will suffer no such loss in rigidity or dynamics, thanks to its single-piece carbon fiber passenger cell.
BMW will be giving the eDrive hybrid powertrain a bit of a boost with the LCI (Life Cycle Impulse — “refresh” in BMW speak) update for the i8. That means it will get a small bump in power and torque for the 1.5 liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and electric motors. It will likely only be around 15-20 hp extra, but it’s better than nothing at all.
There could also be some changes to the electronics and technology, so it could become more efficient as well. We should also see some changes made to the cabin tech, such as the addition of iDrive 6.0 and maybe even some new graphics for the digital gauge cluster.
Here is the video of the camouflaged BMW i8 Roadster: