BMW i8 Roadster: This Is It, With Slightly More Horsepower and Range

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

BMW has just taken the wraps of its latest generation of hybrid i8 supercar in the form of the new i8 Roadster.

Now, five years on, the open roof is back with the debut of the i8 Roadster at the Los Angeles Motor Show (although not the see-through doors), with a new tweaked and mildly titivated i8 Coupe alongside.

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.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

BMW made the 2019 i8 greener than the current one by putting a bigger emphasis on pure electric drive.

It's been a great addition to the BMW range, now the i8 will welcome a second variant - a roadster. In the US, i8 sales are down 72 percent through the first 10 months of 2017, with just 364 sold.

The powertrain sees a 12 horsepower increase over the previous version, with a total output of 369 hp (141 hp from the electric motors and 228 hp from the combustion engine).

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BMW has also had a fiddle with the glasshouse, beefing up the windscreen and quarter window and turning the rear window in to a deflector which can be raised or lowered wherever you have the roof. Its cell capacity is up from 20 Ah to 34 Ah, while the gross energy capacity has been increased from 7.1 kWh to 11.6 kWh. The automaker claims the number of driving situations where the electric motor is exclusively responsible for powering the auto has been significantly increased, with the combustion engine only being brought into play when accelerating hard.

These numbers mean that while Elon Musk's new Tesla Roadster can promise a 0-60 run in 1.9 seconds, the i8 family remains on the conservative side with a time of 4.2 seconds for the Coupe, and 4.4 for the Roadster. Those lighter of foot can cruise up to around 18 miles in all-electric mode. Top speed will be electronically-limited to 155 miles per hour.

For those not up-to-date with BMWs nomenclature and model lineup, we are talking about the i8 facelift, which is also getting a much-awaited Roadster version.

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The cabin has been updated similar to the i8 Coupe. It's about 130 pounds heavier than the Coupe. A Tera World Copper interior trim featuring premium cloth and leather upholstery in an Amido/E-Copper color scheme is new and exclusive to the Roadster.

BMW says that they have made improvements to their carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic technology that found its way into the new models. But BMW was able to optimize its eDrive tech to get more power and range out of the auto.

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Finally, an exclusive new Zenith clock is also situated at the rear, its design inspired by the Elite 6150 watch. Naturally there are screens - two ten inchers - giving much wirelessness.

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