Expect to see the sales of the new 2019 BMW i8 Coupe and Roadster started in Spring 2018. It automatically stows at the press of a button underneath a panel integrated within the two buttresses behind the cabin.
Well you won't be able to run the automatic roof back too fast as this is limited to operation at 31 miles per hour and under plus it takes 16 seconds to fully open or close. "For us, electric mobility is the new normal", said Klaus Frohlich, member of the board of management at BMW AG and development during the BMW press conference.
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.
Another stylistic change over the facelifted i8 Coupe is the deletion of the rear side windows.
On sale in the New Year and priced from Â£124,730 the new i8 Roadster will be joined by a revised i8 Coupe costing from Â£112,730 - an increase of some Â£6,000 over the current model. (60 kg) over the Coupe, at 3,514 lbs.
Now that formula has been enhanced with a refurbished design, some battery and motor tweaks, and the introduction of a two-seat topless i8 Roadster. (22-cm) monitor or rotary control via a dial in the center console. BMW's Display Key also features as standard.
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The unchanged 170kW/320Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine drives the rear wheels.
The combustion engine continues to develop the same 228 hp and 236 lb. -ft.
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The result is more power with the gross energy rating now up 7.1kWh to 11.6kWh giving the electric motor which drives the front wheels a power output of 143 horsepower. (249 Nm) of torque as in today's i8 Coupe via a 2-speed gearbox to the front wheels. (569 Nm), although the latter is continually regulated dependent on grip and traction levels. That now rises to 74mph in eDrive electric mode. Both cars are electronically limited to 155 miles per hour.
The new i8 features an aluminium body supporting a carbon fibre reinforced passenger cell and under the skin the i8's electronics have been given a boost with battery capacity increased by 14Ah to 34Ah. The electric motor is good for 105kW and pure EV range is quoted at 28km. The German automaker tweeted a video debuting the new model, roughly three months after confirming the Roadster's existence.
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