BMW's just dropped its i8's top (and added more power)

30 November, 2017, 13:56 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • 2019 BMW i8 Roadster and BMW i8 Coupe Launched at LA Auto Show 2017

Nonetheless, the soft top made the Roadster 132 pounds heavier than the standard model and BMW had to equip it with its own suspension calibration and chassis-stiffening system which calibrates the handling levels.

The Roadster wasn't the only i8-related development BMW unveiled in LA; since the i8 Coupe was introduced, electrification technology has evolved, and it benefits from the implements that have gone into the Roadster. BMW has been teasing this model for quite some time, but we finally get the chance to see it uncovered.

The soft-top stows away in the back while creating around 100 litres of additional storage space behind the seats, according to BMW.

BMW has yet to reveal the two cars' curb weights, but they can't be that far apart, as the chunkier i8 is just 0.2 seconds slower to 60 miles per hour, and only gets one mile less on battery power than the i8 Coupe. Top speed of both cars is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour. The open-top two-seater will join a freshened version of the i8 coupe also going on sale in the spring. The electric motors now produce 105kW/143bhp and can drive the vehicle to 105kmph on pure battery power which can be increased to 120kmph at a push of a (eDrive) button.

Another change to the powertrain is the new lithium-ion battery that now boasts a cell capacity of 34Ah (up from 20Ah) and an energy capacity of 11.6kW (up from 7.1kW). The roof can open or close in 16 seconds and do so at speeds of up to 49km/h.

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However, with the system working at full capacity, the performance is much more attractive - it accelerates to 62mph in 4.4 seconds and has a maximum (restricted) speed of 155mph.

The i8 Roadster becomes the third member of BMW's futuristic i family.

Under the hood of the 2019 all-wheel drive i8s are two electric motors and a three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

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

The 2019 i8 Roadster doesn't look that different from the coupe, other than the different top and the fact that the two rear seats have been removed. The new roadster and coupe will launch in May 2018, as yet there are no details on pricing. The iconic gullwing doors have also been retained. The Giga and Halo interior trim options remain available and a new Tera World Copper has been added.

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