BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

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.

BMW has taken the wraps off its new i8 Roadster, which was unveiled alongside an updated version of the i8 coupe at the LA Motor Show. 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.

BMW pegs preliminary 0-60 miles per hour times at 4.4 seconds for the i8 Roadster and 4.2 seconds for the i8 Coupe.

While combined fuel consumption jumps 0.2L/100km to 2.1L/100km.

It's been eight years since the BMW i8 left us open-mouthed with a first glimpse of the new auto in concept vehicle form.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA
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No word yet on Australian availability or pricing, we will keep you updated. The fabric roof contains additional soundproofing, according to BMW, and is stowed in a perpendicular position in the rear to take up as little space as possible.

Speaking of the battery, its capacity rises from 7.1 to 11.6kWh.

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

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. And what Honda has cooked up is a proper supercar priced not a whole lot higher than an i8 Coupe. The rear window, which doubles as a wind deflector, also is altered, allowing it to be closed or opened separately from the roof. When running on pure electric power, drive is sent to the front, though when both motors are running, power is sent to all-four-wheels. Thanks to an improved high-voltage battery the i8 can now cover a claimed 55km on electric power alone, although you'd be lucky to get even close to that in real world driving. When we say this beast is packing a 1.5-litre engine it might not sound impressive but bare with us. A six-speed automatic transmission runs the engine's power to the rear wheels while the electric motor has a two-speed automatic gearbox turning the front wheels.

Other new bits in the Roadster's cabin includes freshly designed seats, an optional heads-up display and a a range of new trim options, including carbon-fibre elements for the dashboard and ceramic controls within the centre console.

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