BMW i8 Roadster Drops in LA

BMW i8 Roadster Drops in LA


For mixed driving the new beefier batteries of both Roadster and coupe should give a boost to real-world consumption (realistically, 40-50mpg) by ensuring the electric motor does more of the work, leaving the petrol unit idle more often.

The 2019 BMW i8 Coupe and i8 Roadster will enter showrooms globally, starting in the second quarter of 2018.

BMW has officially revealed a long-awaited soft-top variant of its i8 hybrid supercar, which joins an upgraded version of the standard Coupe. Plus both the i8 coupe and roadster can travel up to 18 miles in EV mode. Efficiency improvements in the batteries also liberate an extra 12bhp from the electric motor, which powers the front wheels.

It's been eight years since the BMW i8 left us open-mouthed with a first glimpse of the new vehicle in concept auto form. That almost doubles the amount of storage available in the Roadster versus the i8 Coupe.

The new BMW i8 Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). A tiny, turbocharged aluminum rattlebox of an engine powered the i8's rear wheels and an electric motor churned the front for all-wheel drive excellence.

Inside, the 2019 BMW i8 gets the latest version of BMW's iDrive infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen.

The cabin has been updated similar to the i8 Coupe. When we say this beast is packing a 1.5-litre engine it might not sound impressive but bare with us. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour for both cars.

Going into more detail, the aluminium parts of the hood have been made using 3D printing, in order to obtain greater precision, while BMW claims to have worked thoroughly on the insulation - both thermal and acoustic.

There are two new colors for the 2019 i8: E-Copper and Donington Grey. Other aesthetic changes include two new colour options, laser headlights and redesigned 20-inch alloy wheels. In electric-only mode, the top speed is 120km/h, while the driving range is now up to 53km in the soft-top, and 55km in the coupe. Mpg has also been improved to 149.8mpg for the Coupe and 134.5mpg for the Roadster, although these numbers are always notoriously hard to replicate in the real world, unless you charge frequently and mainly undertake short journeys.

  • Terrell Bush