Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

BMW i8 Roadster FINALLY arrives - and there's a new i8 Coupe too

2019 BMW i8 Roadster profile view top down 2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA
Lori Graves | 30 November, 2017, 13:52

In electric-only mode both models can reach speeds of up to 65mph - 75mph when the eDrive boost mode is engaged - and to help on the eco front the engine is now fitted with a particulate filter to cut emissions.

At the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW doubles down on the i8, adding a Roadster variant with retractable cloth roof to the existing Coupe model. BMW has been teasing this model for quite some time, but we finally get the chance to see it uncovered. The soft top folding into a covered compartment that replaces the coupe's rear seats. 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.

Zero to 62 miles per hour for the Roadster happens in a claimed 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Buy or sell your exotic vehicle at duPontREGISTRY.com and check back with Autofluence.com for more supercar news. But BMW was able to optimize its eDrive tech to get more power and range out of the auto.

Under the hood of the 2019 all-wheel drive i8s are two electric motors and a three-cylinder turbocharged engine. However, the Coupe retains hatchback cargo space and rear seats, while the Roadster only offers two seats.

BMW tell us the Roadster's soft-top will open or close in around 15 seconds and at travelling speed up to 50 km/h.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster rear view on road top down
Is it just us or does this thing look angry from the rear

"The higher percentage [of sales] will be in the roadster, definitely", said Robert Irlinger, head of BMW i.

Several adaptations had to be made, however, including the use of newly designed frameless gullwing doors made from CFRP with an aluminum outer shell, as well as the windscreen frame made entirely from CFRP.

From an aesthetic point of view, it retains numerous familiar features of the i8 Coupe, which also takes advantage of the California motor show to undergo a bit of a refresh itself.

Speaking of the battery, its capacity rises from 7.1 to 11.6kWh. Plus both the i8 coupe and roadster can travel up to 18 miles in EV mode.

Standard features on both the coupe and roadster include a fast charging cable, the Professional satellite navigation system, the company's latest tile-based iDrive infotainment system, a freestanding 8.8-inch screen, dynamic damper control, automated emergency braking, cruise control, and a 2.2-inch touchscreen display built into the key fob.

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