BMW’s updated hybrid supercar goes topless

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BMW’s i8 is a supercar like no other.

The Bavarian maker ditches outright speed for low emissions motoring — turning more heads for its spaceship looks than raucous exhaust note.Now the supercar with a conscience has ditched its roof, but it comes with a hefty price tag.Prices start at $318,900 (before on-road costs) for the coupe and $348,900 for the open-top version.

The Roadster has a folding soft top that can be retracted at speeds up to 50km/h in 15 seconds.A mid-life update brings increased battery capacity that lifts the electric-only range to 40km, limited to a top speed of 120km/h.

The plug-in hybrid combines a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine (170kW/320Nm) and an electric motor (105kW/250Nm).

The i8’s 0-100km/h time sits in the mid-4 seconds range — while supercars of this price usually roam the sub-4 second territory.But while its rivals chew through the fuel, the i8 uses a claimed 2.2L/100km for the coupe and 2.4L/100km for the roadster — numbers that put the Toyota Prius to shame.

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