The Bavarian carmaker has drawn the world’s attention when it has presented its first hybrid sports car known as BMW i8 at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2013. In 2016, the Company has sold a great amount of this model making it one of the most popular and best-selling hybrid sports cars. However, last year, at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the manufacturer has revealed the new version of this model without the top. This model will enter the market as the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster.
The general upgrades of the newest i8 Roaster aren’t major but are significant we must admit. It will feature several styling tweaks in the external appearance and it is finally available without its top. As well, it should get some new color options too. Inside the cabin, there should also be some upgrades in the tech department, and updates considering materials. Under the hood, we can expect more power than the previous version and the all-electric range should be slightly improved also. Of course, taking all the improvements together, there should also be an increase in the price.
Its main rivals on the market will include Acura NSX Roadster and Tesla Roadster 2.0.
Engine, range, and performance of the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster
The 2019 BMW i8 Roadster will arrive with improvements in the engine department which will include more power, better range, and an upgraded battery. However, the newest i8 will be powered with the same plug-in hybrid engine as before. It is a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder twin-turbo engine combined with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack of 11.6 kWh. The gasoline engine will drive the rear wheels while an electric motor will send power to front wheels through a two-speed gearbox. This unit will be able to generate 369 horses. The battery will provide an all-electric range of up to 18 miles. Furthermore, this engine will be able to reach 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and its speed will be limited to 155 mph.
Design of exterior and interior
The newest 2019 BMW i8 Roadster will now arrive with no roof and we must admit that it looks very handsome and attractive. The profile is emphasized with geometric lines and it truly looks fantastic. It rides on the 20-inch alloy wheels and there are several designs to choose from. Furthermore, it is available with some new exterior color shades such as E-Copper Metallic and Donington Grey Metallic.
As for the interior, the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster sits two, and the cargo room is very small, but it doesn’t have to be since it is a sports car and we cannot expect more. The dashboard is nicely designed and includes a sporty steering wheel wrapped in leather and there is an 8.8-inch display which stands free. The newest BMW offers a host of standard and modern equipment. Some of them are navigation, leather upholstery, a Harman Kardon stereo with 12 speakers, surround view camera, automatic high beams, automatic braking, cruise control, cross traffic alert and many other more.
Release date and price
It is still not confirmed when the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster will go on sale. However, its price will start at around $163,300.