BMW says Roadster will be top-selling i8

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

The unveiling follows rival electric vehicle company Tesla's preview of its updated Roadster earlier this month, as most of the major auto brands continue to move towards electric power. Also new are the frameless doors. The rear window, which doubles as a wind deflector, also is altered, allowing it to be closed or opened separately from the roof. Note, there aren't any rear seats here, like in the i8 coupe. They are replaced by black panels overlaid with brushed-metallic trim etched with the word "Roadster".

We've already seen teased images of the Roadster, but this is the first time we've had any official details about the new package.

Revealed by the German company at the Los Angeles Auto Show this morning, the i8 Roadster is a two-seater model with an retractable soft top. (60 kg) over the Coupe, at 3,514 lbs. And what Honda has cooked up is a proper supercar priced not a whole lot higher than an i8 Coupe. (91 L) of cargo space in cubby holes integrated into the rear bulkhead.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

Eight years out from its concept debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW today has finally pulled the sheets off of its production i8 Roadster.

BMW confirms its open-top i brand model receives newly designed seats, an updated head-up display as well a range of new trim options, including carbon-fiber elements on the dashboard and ceramic controls within the center console.

As we heard previously, the introduction of the Roadster brings with it changes for the coupe version, as well. Efficiency improvements in the batteries also liberate an extra 12bhp from the electric motor, which powers the front wheels.

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The combustion engine continues to develop the same 228 hp and 236 lb. -ft. This system comprises Frontal Collision warning with City Collision Mitigation Daytime Pedestrian Protection Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear, Automatic Highbeams, Speed Limit Info and Cross Traffic Alert and Side and Top View Cameras. (569 Nm), although the latter is continually regulated dependent on grip and traction levels.

Together with the turbocharged, 1.5-liter three-cylinder from before, the total output of the BMW i8, now called the i8 Coupe, and the i8 Roadster is 374 horsepower, but with no effect on acceleration or top speed figures. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour for both cars.

Accompanying the driveline changes is a revised lithium-ion battery. 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. Thanks to a rigorously developed new BMW eDrive system, atop a lightweight LifeDrive architecture design specifically for BMW i models, both the 2019 i8 Roadster and i8 Coupe deliver a combined 369 horsepower (275 kilowatts), 12 more than the outgoing model. The exterior upgrades are less visible, but the interior gets a new steering wheel, new upholstery, and an 8.8-inch freestanding touchscreen.

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