If there was one thing the BMW i8 range lacked, it was a convertible option. After wowing crowds at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with its i Vision Future Interaction Concept, BMW is now officially developing a convertible i8 hybrid sportscar.
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The i8 has been a phenomenal brand builder for BMW. Sure, it has not sold in enough numbers to warrant an award for sales success, but its undeniably cool and provides a realistic glimpse into the future of motoring. We've driven the i8 and experienced the hybrid technology in other BMW i Performance products and have come away feeling upbeat. Now, BMW looks to expand the i8 range with a convertible model. First seen at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the i Vision Future Interaction Concept was more a demonstration of tech in a convertible body, as opposed to an all-new car.
Here you can clearly see the convertible roof on the BMW i8 as it undergoes winter testing. The roof will in all likelihood be a two-part folding roof. Production is expected to begin in 2018. We will keep you updated as more definitive details become available.
BMW i Vision Future Interaction Concept from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.