Here Are The New, More Capable BMW i8 Coupe And Roadster

BMW i8 Roadster

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

A new E-Copper finish has been added, as has a Donington Grey metallic for both the Coupe and the Roadster. The difference we are talking about is the fact that the 2019 BMW i8 features a 2+2 seating arrangement while the i8 Roadster is a two-seater. Furthermore, the soft top can be opened in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.

Options on both models include head-up display, laser high beam system, and an acoustic pedestrian warning system, which operates at speeds up to 30km/h when the vehicle is operating in electric-only mode. We're not sure what the holdup was, but it was probably for the best that BMW reached so far into future for its looks; the thing still looks fairly fresh today (assuming you're into scoops, finlets and flying buttresses).

The 2019 BMW i8 Roadster and Coupe go on sale in spring of 2018.

BMW i8 Roadster

Inside, the i8 Roadster receives the latest version of iDrive with a choice of touch control on a free-standing 8.8-inch monitor or rotary control via a dial on the middle console. This allows for a 12-hp bump in peak power from the front electric motor, bringing its output to 141 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The range for driving in electric mode has been increased to 33 miles in the Roadster and 34 miles in the Coupe. The battery pack capacity has been improved, from 7.1 to 11.6 kilowatt-hours.

In Germany, the basic price for the new BMW M5 was announced at 117,900 euros, but it can quickly climb a few tens of thousands with additional options and packages.

The engine is now boosted to 231hp giving a combined power output to 374hp which gives the i8 performance figures of 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds for the Coupe and 4.6 seconds for the Roadster. However, with an optional M Driver's Package, that top speed increases to 189 miles per hour. Exclusive 20 inch wheel designs are also available, weighing 2.2 lbs less than the previous BMW i8. But BMW was able to optimize its eDrive tech to get more power and range out of the auto. To make the soft top possible, BMW had to come up with a new design for its frameless gullwing doors, which are made of CFRP, just like the entire windscreen frame and body panels including the side skirts with their extra-large cross-sections. A Tera World Copper interior trim featuring premium cloth and leather upholstery in an Amido/E-Copper color scheme is new and exclusive to the Roadster.

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