BMW i8 Roadster and Coupe debut in LA

BMW i8 Roadster and Coupe debut in LA

BMW i8 Roadster and Coupe debut in LA

However, BMW says the engine now sounds better.

BMW has modified the windscreen as well in order to accommodate the new roof.

Pricing has not been announced, but a BMW representative told us the i8 Roadster will start "north of $150,000". They are replaced by black panels with aluminium trim etched with the word "Roadster". The 2019 models squeeze 18 miles of pure EV range out of the vehicle thanks to the new 11.6kWh battery pack.

When the roof is opened, the i8 Roadster's rear window rises by 1.9 inches into what BMW calls a "comfort" position to reduce wind turbulence. (60 kg) over the Coupe, at 3,514 lbs. Unlike the i8 coupe, which is a 2+2, the Roadster is strictly a two-seater. (91 L) of cargo space in cubby holes integrated into the rear bulkhead.

For now the auto has merely been unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show - there's still no information as to when the new i8 Roadster goes on sale in the United Kingdom, or what it might cost. (22-cm) monitor or rotary control via a dial in the center console.

Both cars also get 70 miles per-gallon equivalent according to BMW.

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The hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive set-up sees the petrol engine driving the rear wheels while the electric motor does its business upfront. Power to the rear wheels continues to be transmitted through a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the electric motor on the front axle uses a 2-speed gearbox. That allows for a 9-kW/12-hp increase of the electric motor's peak output, which is now 105 kW (143 hp).

Before we look at the new Roadster, let's jump into the guts of this newly-updated i8. Now, it makes 600 hp on the nose and 553 lb-ft of torque. (569 Nm), although the latter is continually regulated dependent on grip and traction levels.

BMW claims a 0-62 miles per hour (100 km/h) time of 4.6 seconds for the i8 Roadster, with the i8 Coupe's time pegged at 4.4 seconds.

Accompanying the driveline changes is a revised lithium-ion battery.

Getting back to the main attraction here, the i8 two-seat Roadster has an electrically-operated targa-style fabric top that can perform the open or close trick in under 16 seconds, at speeds of up to 50km/h. The German automaker tweeted a video debuting the new model, roughly three months after confirming the Roadster's existence.

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