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30 November 2017, 01:54 | Jenny Fowler
New BMW i8 Roadster and updated Coupé revealed at LA Auto Show
The 2019 BMW i8 is a great auto made better, available in roadster form for the first time.
After a multitude of spy photos and various teasers over the last few months, the BMW i8 Roadster 2018 has finally been unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show.
The new BMWi8 Coupe accelerates a little faster with 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.4 seconds and it also has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The i8 Roadster will have exclusive 20-inch BMW i light-alloy wheels in radial-spoke style, lowering wheel weight by about 2.2 pounds versus the other wheels offered on the i8. "If you're playing in that segment with the very expensive cars, it's always [that] you have to have the newest one".
The two-seat drop-top has been shown alongside a facelift for the i8 Coupe; both models share almost everything from the 374hp hybrid powertrain and new design to the interiors and features.
Speaking of the battery, its capacity rises from 7.1 to 11.6kWh. A new aluminum 3D printing process was used to make lightweight parts for the Roadster's roof.
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It uses a mid-mounted version of BMW's turbocharged 1.5L 3-cyl. gasoline engine packaged behind the cabin in combination with an electric motor housed within the front axle assembly in a set-up that conceivably can provide either front-wheel drive running on the electric motor or all-wheel drive with the gasoline engine and electric motor working together.
For both the Coupe and Roadster, the new engine's total output is increased up to 369 horsepower when compared to the previous i8's powerplant. Top speed will be electronically-limited to 155 miles per hour. That puts total output up to 369 horsepower, with acceleration to 60 miles per hour of 4.2 seconds for the Coupe and 4.4 seconds for the Roadster, numbers that BMW describes as "preliminary". Both cars benefit from gentle visual and mechanical upgrades, including an improved plug-in drivetrain with a bigger EV range and higher system power outputs too. The new 20-inch alloy wheels that come with the vehicle shave off 1kg each over the previous seen on the auto.
The new BMW i8 Roadster will be available from spring 2018 with pricing yet to be announced.
This picture doesn't show it, but the Roadster keeps the i8 Coupe's signature flip-up doors.
There are two new colors for the 2019 i8: E-Copper and Donington Grey.
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