BMW’s new fancy and sophisticated 2019 i8 Coupe offers more improvements and has more power and variety than the existing generation plug-in hybrid sports car. The 2-door, 2 +2 coupe with its identifiable gullwing doors strikes U.S. dealerships in the spring, making its global debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It follows the reveal of the brand-new i8 Roadster at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Design
With a wide and rounded face, the i8 has a low and flat hood and sports a long roofline. The lightweight car, which debuted in 2014, is developed on BMW’s LifeDrive vehicle architecture for i models. It includes an aluminum chassis and a carbon-fiber strengthened plastic guest cell.
New for 2019, the i8 includes 12 horsepower. It’s approximated to provide 18 miles of pure electrical variety, up 30 percent from the present model. The i8’s lithium-ion battery’s cell capability also gets a boost from 20 to 34 ampere-hours (Ah), while gross energy capacity grows from 7.1 to 11.6 kilowatt hours. The car’s eDrive technology also has actually added more scenarios in which the car solely works on electrical power, with the fuel engine just powered on when accelerating hard.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Engine and Features
A unique-looking EV, the i8 generates 369 horse power with a combined electric motor and gasoline engine. Max torque is 184 lb-ft, which enables the 2019 i8 speed up from no to 60 in a simple 4.2 seconds. A regulated top speed is set at 155 miles per hour.
The i8 features a BMW specific all-wheel drive system for hybrids: a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline engine drives the rear wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission and the electrical motor powers the front wheels through a 2-speed automated transmission.
The i8 has five drive modes: hybrid driving in Comfort, Sport or fuel-sipping Eco Pro modes and all-electric driving in Comfort or Eco-Pro modes. And in its default mode, the i8 is powerful. It’s capable of striking 65 mph with just its electric motor. When eDrive is picked, the all-electric speed limit increases to 75 miles per hour.
The i8 likewise features eco-smart tech. With navigation path triggered, the i8’s energy management system makes sure the electrical motor is utilized “as extensively and as sensibly as possible” especially at low speeds to run as much as a pure EV as possible.
A navigation system includes a touch controller on the center console and an 8.8-inch touch screen control screen. The i8 consists of a variety of advanced technology and connectivity features. One is a head-up display screen, that can offer chauffeurs who move manually in sport mode rpm readings, gear sign, plus optimal shift sign.
It likewise has cruise control with braking, plus BMW’s Driving Assistant Package that consists of Surround View. That plan also consists of frontal accident caution, city accident mitigation, daytime pedestrian protection, park distance control, automatic high beams, speed limitation info, cross traffic alert and side and top view cams.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Interior
Inside, the interior comes standard with ivory white upholstery. New for the 2019 model, the i8 is offered with a Tera World Copper interior trim that features cloth/leather upholstery in Amido/E-Copper colors. With heated front seats, the i8 likewise features a leather sports steering wheel with paddle shifters.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Release Date
Twenty-inch wheels are optional. And 2 brand-new exterior color options are available: E-Copper and Donnington Grey. Pricing for the 2019 i8 was not instantly offered. The 2017 i8 began at about $145,000.