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The 2018 BMW i8 Roadster (L15) is a plug-in hybrid 2 seater sports car developed and manufactured by BMW.

It was first shown at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show as the 18 Spyder Concept fitted with an inline-3 turbocharged petrol engine, which would also be fitted to the production coupé that would go on sale two years later in 2014.

The spyder concept had few exterior differences between it and the coupé concept, with the exception of solid metal doors and rear roll-over hoops, although underneath it had a shorter wheelbase and had only two seats. It was also the first vehicle from BMW showcasing their eDrive tehcnology.

A production i8 Roadster was first shown at the 2017 Los Angeles Motor Show, alongside the refreshed i8 LCI coupé, and went on sale in May 2018.

Compared to the LCI coupé, the roadster has an electric folding soft-top roof, 2-seater layout, frameless doors, and a "roadster" c-pillar badge. The rear seats removed from the roadster were repurposed into a space for the folding fabric roof.

Production ran from May 2018 to April 2020, with the announcement being made in September 2019, and a BMW Vision M NEXT concept car unveiled in June 2019 as the i8's successor was also cancelled.

Games

Need for Speed: Heat

The i8 Roadster '18 appears in Need for Speed: Heat following an article revealing it to be part of the game's official car list was published[1][2] on August 19, 2019, and appears in the NFS: Heat Studio app as part of container 4, which was released on September 10, 2019.

Stock

The stock i8 Roadster '18 is unlocked for purchase from the car dealer for NFSHE Icon Bank.png138,500 upon reaching Reputation Level 20NFSHE Icon Rep.png.

It has a customisation rating of six and can be equipped with performance parts.

NFSHE BMW i8Roadster Dealership.jpg
Unlocked at NFSHE Icon Reputation.png LVL 20
Infobox 2017White Car.png 183
NFSHE Icon Bank.png138,500
POWER 2.0
HIGH SPEED 2.5
ACCELERATION 2.9
NITROUS 2.0
HORSEPOWER [bhp] 369
0-60 MPH [s] 4.30
MAX TORQUE [ft-lb] 420
TOP SPEED [mph] 182
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Customisation (Rating: 6/10)
Engine Swaps (9 Available)
369 hp 1.5L I3 Hybrid
88,500, 19NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 369 / 660
345 hp 4.0L V8
131,500, 27NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 345 / 1,009
493 hp 3.0L I6
184,000, 31NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 493 / 884
503 hp 2.9L V6
192,500, 31NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 503 / 905
577 hp 4.0L V8
271,500, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 577 / 1,033
591 hp 3.8L V8
254,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 591 / 1,048
570 hp 4.5L V8
289,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 570 / 1,118
600 hp 2.0L I4 Hybrid
299,000, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 600 / 1,089
591 hp 4.4L V8
324,500, 35NFSHE Icon Rep.png
[hp] 591 / 1,120

Gallery

References

  1. Article: ea.com (2019) Under the Hood: Need for Speed Heat Car List. Available at: https://www.ea.com/games/need-for-speed/need-for-speed-heat/news/nfs-heat-car-list
  2. Article: gtplanet.net (2019) Need for Speed Heat Full Car List Revealed. Available at: https://www.gtplanet.net/need-for-speed-heat-car-list/
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