It appears that all rumors were true and BMW has decided to go for an open-top version of its flagship green model – the i8. The hybrid sports car has been recently caught testing on the Nurburgring – and we can glimpse the operating mechanism.
The convertible i8 has been doing the rounds of the rumor mill ever since BMW itself sparked the plug with the i8 Spyder concept presented back in 2012. With the automaker having introduced the coupe version, they remained quiet about the open-top version ever since. Now it appears the model has been indeed green lit as footage and images of a prototype going about the Nurburgring can make us speculate once more.
The development mule is pretty much akin to the coupe, but it now appears to have a two-piece roof – and we can imagine the sections folding back on top of the engine cover, or they could slide on top another and onto the rear section of the roof. The mechanism could be in tests itself, so take all this with a grain of salt because when the model is showcased at the end of next year it could feature a completely different mechanism. Either way, the cabriolet seems almost certain at this moment, alongside some much welcomed powertrain updates. The i8 now has 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbo engine developing 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and is assisted by an electric motor capable of 129 hp (96 kW).