BMW’s brand-new flashy and elegant 2019 i8 Coupe provides more improvements and has more power and range than the current 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 worldwide launching 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 large 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 reinforced plastic traveler cell.
New for 2019, the i8 includes 12 horse power. It’s approximated to provide 18 miles of pure electrical range, up 30 percent from the current model. The i8’s lithium-ion battery’s cell capacity likewise 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 likewise has actually added more circumstances in which the car exclusively works on electric power, with the gas engine only powered on when accelerating hard.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Engine and Features
A unique-looking EV, the i8 creates 369 horsepower with a combined electric motor and fuel engine. Max torque is 184 lb-ft, which makes it possible for the 2019 i8 accelerate from no to 60 in a mere 4.2 seconds. A controlled leading speed is set at 155 mph.
The i8 features a BMW specific all-wheel drive system for hybrids: a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder gas engine drives the rear wheels through a 6-speed automated transmission and the electrical motor powers the front wheels through a 2-speed automated transmission.
The i8 has 5 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 effective. It’s capable of hitting 65 mph with just its electrical motor. When eDrive is selected, the all-electric speed limit rises to 75 miles per hour.
The i8 also features eco-smart tech. With navigation path activated, the i8’s energy management system makes certain the electrical motor is used “as thoroughly and as sensibly as possible” specifically at low speeds to run as much as a pure EV as possible.
A navigation system consists of a touch controller on the center console and an 8.8-inch touch screen control display. The i8 includes a number of innovative technology and connectivity features. One is a head-up display, that can provide drivers who move manually in sport mode rpm readings, equipment sign, plus optimum shift sign.
It likewise has cruise control with braking, plus BMW’s Driving Assistant Package that includes Surround View. That plan likewise includes frontal accident caution, city collision mitigation, daytime pedestrian defense, park distance control, automated high beams, speed limitation info, cross traffic alert and side and leading view electronic cameras.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Interior
Inside, the interior comes requirement with ivory white upholstery. New for the 2019 model, the i8 is readily available with a Tera World Copper interior trim that features cloth/leather upholstery in Amido/E-Copper colors. With heated front seats, the i8 also features a leather sports steering wheel with paddle shifters.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Release Date
Twenty-inch wheels are optional. And two new exterior color choices are offered: E-Copper and Donnington Grey. Pricing for the 2019 i8 was not immediately readily available. The 2017 i8 started at about $145,000.