We can now say with certainty that the new BMW i8 Roadster will make its world debut next month at the 2017 LA Auto Show which kicks off on November 29. Built upon the exciting i8 Spyder Concept, the new open-top super hybrid will carry the name i8 Roadster and will go on sale in 2018.

The Roadster will be introduced with a new color – Electric Copper – and will feature a soft top which folds into the rear seats. The soft top can be opened in 14 seconds at a speed up to 60 km/h.

The open top plug-in hybrids holds double the battery capacity compared to the i8 Coupe, therefore leading to a longer driving range on electric power.

Our own sources also say that in addition to the revised power pack, the i8 Roadster will receive a revised chassis tuning and an increase in power to around 400 hp, while larger updates are also expected for the infotainment system iDrive as well as a modernized range of assistance systems.

More details are expected to be released in the next two weeks.