BMW’s plug-in hybrid sports car will soon receive a few upgrades. The changes include a new rear glass panel with slotted air vents that will help hot air escape from the mid-mounted turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine. In addition, a more robust battery pack is designed to provide added electric-only distance that currently tops out at just 15 miles. This will also result in an increase in net output to an estimated 400-plus horsepower from the current 362. Suspension modifications are also planned, but the big news is the availability of an i8 convertible, complete with a power-retractable roof. Expected timing for the revised 2018 i8 and the convertible’s arrival is the third quarter of 2017.


The BMW i8 gets an updated powertrain with more horsepower and electric range. It will also be available as a convertible. (PHOTO: BMW)

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