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The new BMW i8 Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Also included is new technology such as BMW's controversial "display key" as well as the latest iDrive infotainment system.
The addition of the soft-top roof has resulted in a weight increase of 60 kilos over the coupe.
The i8 Roadster becomes the third member of BMW's futuristic i family.
The Roadster's soft-top is all-electric and opens in 15 seconds at a button's push while traveling up to 31 miles per hour.
The long talked about roadster features an electric folding soft-top that's stored in a space-saving vertical position.
Getting back to the main attraction here, the i8 two-seat Roadster has an electrically-operated targa-style fabric top that can perform the open or close trick in under 16 seconds, at speeds of up to 50km/h.
The new i8 features an aluminium body supporting a carbon fibre reinforced passenger cell and under the skin the i8's electronics have been given a boost with battery capacity increased by 14Ah to 34Ah.
BMW has also had a fiddle with the glasshouse, beefing up the windscreen and quarter window and turning the rear window in to a deflector which can be raised or lowered wherever you have the roof. Revisions to the three-cylinder turbo petrol engine powering the rears take power to 227bhp and torque to 236lb ft, and total system output is up by 15bhp at 369bhp.
BMW says even the 1.5-liter turbo engine's sound has been improved, while both the Coupe and the Roadster are capable of reaching speeds of up to 65 miles per hour purely on electric power. The automaker claims the number of driving situations where the electric motor is exclusively responsible for powering the auto has been significantly increased, with the combustion engine only being brought into play when accelerating hard.
Now that formula has been enhanced with a refurbished design, some battery and motor tweaks, and the introduction of a two-seat topless i8 Roadster.
For those not up-to-date with BMWs nomenclature and model lineup, we are talking about the i8 facelift, which is also getting a much-awaited Roadster version. When we say this beast is packing a 1.5-litre engine it might not sound impressive but bare with us.
Pricing has not been announced, but a BMW representative told us the i8 Roadster will start "north of $150,000".
What the i8 Roadster does offer over the coupe in performance is range.
It sure looks tempting in this new hue, called E-Copper.
Businesses are expecting a big holiday shopping season, fueled by a 4.1% unemployment rate, which is the lowest in 17 years. Thanksgiving Day e-commerce sales totaled $2.87 billion, up 18.3% year-over-year (YoY).
Troopers will be on the look out for drivers not wearing seatbelts, speeders, impaired drivers and people who text and drive. Troopers will be assigned at 20-mile intervals along interstates 29, 44, 55 and 70, as well as highways 63 and 60.
In a statement to the court on Wednesday, Nassar said he wanted to "move the community forward and stop the hurting". Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told Nassar he used his position of trust "in the most vile way" to abuse children.
San Diego-based Qualcomm is going to reject a $103 billion purchase offer made by rival Broadcom, according to a Reuters report . The board of directors believes the proposal is not in the best interest of Qualcomm and also undervalues the company.
The woman, Beverly Young Nelson, said at a press conference that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 15 and 16. Speaking at a press conference in Louisville about tax reform, McConnell was asked if he believed Moore's accusers.
In his first address after being released, Saeed blamed India and the United States for detention and he also raked up Kashmir. US President Donald Trump has demanded that Pakistani leaders take tougher action against terrorists.
At the 10 Janpath Road during the Congress Working Committee meeting a major decision taken by the veteran leaders of the party. After the meeting, the CWC also condoled the death of its veteran leader and former Union Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi.
The seasonally adjusted number plunged three-tenths of a point to 2.2 percent in October, according to the DLIR. Also, for the first time in years, Louisiana's unemployment rate doesn't rank among the 10 worst states.
This year the the Miss Universe pageant changed things up by selecting the top 16 finalists based on continents. South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the Miss Universe crown held in Las Vegas on Sunday.
He also said in 2011 Cardinal Tree Farm planted more trees with the thought of this lower supply coming on. He says depending on the type of tree, he believes the shortage is expected to last about five years.
The women who have accused Moore are "Trump voters", the president said, before again stating that Moore "totally denies it". By saying he supports Moore's version of events, Trump is, de facto, saying that the women aren't telling the truth.
Android 8.0 Oreo now available for unlocked HTC U11 users
If you've already been able to dip into Android's Oreo, there's a good chance you're using one of Google's flagship Pixel phones. HTC had confirmed back in August that it will soon be rolling out the Android Oreo update for the HTC U11 , U Ultra and the U10.
Mourinho pleased with Lukaku's work-rate, mentality
Reports say Lukaku is under investigation for aiming a pair of kicks at Brighton and Hove Albion's Gaetan Bong on Saturday. United next visit Watford , who are eighth on the league table after an impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle United on Saturday.
How Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle
Forgoing royal family history, Prince Harry may opt for a more intimate venue, unique to him and his fiancé. It is flanked by two stones taken from the collection of Princess Diana, the prince's late mother.
Trooper shot and killed in east-central Texas
Texas officials have issued a Blue Alert after a Texas State Trooper was shot and killed southeast of Dallas Thursday (Nov. 23). An obituary posted Friday by Bowers Funeral Home in Teague, Texas, says the funeral for Trooper Damon Allen will be at 10 a.m.
Magnitude 7.0 natural disaster hits off New Caledonia
There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii after a magnitude 7.0 quake struck near New Caledonia in the Pacific Basin. It was the second major tremor in the same area in just over 12 hours and the third in the past month.
Jerry Jones requests special meeting of owners
The letter accuses Jones of sabotaging the negotiations in the latest round of the escalating feud between Jones and Goodell. In a counterproposal, Goodell's lawyer reportedly asked for $49.05 million per year.
The Tesla Semi already has some big-name reservations
And if three streamlined Semis are platooned as a close-following convoy, the cost per mile would go down to 85 cents, Musk said. The Roadster is scheduled to go into production in 2020, and the Semi should become available in 2019, Musk said.
Trump trades grade school insults with Kim Jong
Shortly after that speech, North Korean officials told CNN, "We don't care about what that mad dog may utter", referring to Trump. In the first of three successive tweets Sunday morning, Trump hit back at his critics.