BMW i8 Roadster priced at $164,295, will be most expensive Bimmer sold in US

2019 BMW i8 Roadster

Buyers looking to drop the top with a 2019 BMW i8 Roadster will be met with a $164,295 price tag when the car launches this spring. That makes it the most expensive BMW sold on these shores.

Pricing comes from BMW’s internal ordering system, though it was published by on Tuesday. The ordering system reveals a standard i8 Roadster will come with Bi-Copper leather, 20-inch bi-color wheels, a head-up display, heated front seats, and other luxuries.

The options list can raise the price in the mid $170,000 range. Laser headlights run $6,300, while black brake calipers and ceramic controls run $2,500.

The Roadster sets itself apart from the standard coupe with a few exterior design changes, too.

The sloping rear windshield gives way to a small vertical rear window, and a new engine cover is in place. Surrounding the engine are two new cowls that flow into the rear wing. Finally, the i8 Roadster sports frameless doors.

Next Prev
BMW i8 Roadster priced at $164,295, will be most expensive Bimmer sold in US
BMW i8 Roadster priced at $164,295, will be most expensive Bimmer sold in US
BMW i8 Roadster priced at $164,295, will be most expensive Bimmer sold in US
Next Prev

Aside from the exterior tweaks, engineers implemented a host of chassis changes to ensure the Roadster performs identically to the coupe, despite the drop-top hauling around an extra 132 pounds. All 2019 i8s will gain a boost in horsepower and electric range. The 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3, 6-speed auto, and electric motor combination now make 369 horsepower, up from 362 hp. The car’s all-electric driving range increases from 15 to 18 miles.

BMW claims there’s no attached performance penalty when it comes to 0-60 mph times. The Roadster should clock the same 4.2-second 0-60 mph sprint as the coupe.

The brand first showed an i8 convertible concept way back in 2012 and it’s not clear why it’s taken over seven years to reach production. Nevertheless, the i8 Roadster will hit dealers in just a few short months.

Check Also

2018 BMW M5 recalled for faulty fuel level sensor

The 2018 BMW M5 is a powerful beast, but some owners may also think they are getting fantastic fuel economy. Sorry, that's not the case. The 2018 BMW M5 is being recalled for a faulty fuel level sensor. The fuel gauge in the new M5 may show more fuel than is actually in the tank. That's because a fuel level sensor could become stuck against an in-tank fuel...

Alfa Romeo GTV Spider reportedly in the works

Alfa Romeo's revival started with the 4C and really got going with the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. Back in June we learned that by 2022 the brand plans to update three of its models and bring four new models to market by 2022, including a GTV coupe based on the Giulia. Now we hear that a GTV Spider convertible could come as well. According to Car...