New 2019 BMW i8 Roadster and Coupe Revealed

Alyssa Bailey
November 30, 2017

Despite hopes that BMW would do something properly interesting with the i8's plug-in hybrid powertrain, it gets a very light makeover.

The wait is finally over for the latest version of BMW's hybrid sports auto. However, in the case of the convertible, the weight has also increased on account of the extra chassis reinforcement and bracing case - specifically, 60kg, to reach a total of 1,593kg. On both Roadster and Coupe, the doors lift up and out, gull wing-style. The lack of a hatchback gives the i8 Roadster two cool-looking aero-ridges behind each seat, reminiscent of 1950s automotive design. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). A rear window automatically raises when the top goes down to minimize turbulence in the cabin.

The hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive set-up sees the petrol engine driving the rear wheels while the electric motor does its business upfront. The electric motor's torque rating is the same at 250Nm, and is mated to the same two-speed gearbox. The further optimised BMW eDrive technology employed in both models comprises a high-voltage battery with significantly expanded cell capacity and energy content, and an electric motor generating a higher peak output.

The 2019 i8 coupe is estimated by BMW to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds, and the i8 Roadster is said to hit that speed in 4.4 seconds.

BMW shows off the construction of the i8 Roadster variant.

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For now the vehicle has merely been unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show - there's still no information as to when the new i8 Roadster goes on sale in the United Kingdom, or what it might cost.

Not long ago, people thought BMW was unserious about electrified cars.

The gimmicky Display Key, having been introduced by the latest 7 Series, also makes an appearance. It easily outsells the new Acura NSX, which came out past year. While the Bavarians' halo sports auto still has the looks and the driving characteristics that made it special at its debut, technology has certainly moved on.

It features a soft-top that covers a large area. The inclusion of the i8 Roadster reinforces that idea.

Lastly, BMW has also confirmed the i8 Roadster will have a slightly different suspension/steering tune, the Munich-based manufacturer telling us this allows the Roadster to retain the trademark handling and performance qualities.

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