BMW’s brand-new flashy and elegant 2019 i8 Coupe offers more refinements and has more power and range than the present generation plug-in hybrid sports car. The 2-door, 2 +2 coupe with its recognizable gullwing doors hits U.S. dealers in the spring, making its international debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It follows the expose 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 light-weight car, which debuted in 2014, is built on BMW’s LifeDrive vehicle architecture for i models. It includes an aluminum chassis and a carbon-fiber strengthened plastic traveler cell.
New for 2019, the i8 includes 12 horse power. It’s approximated to provide 18 miles of pure electric range, up 30 percent from the current model. The i8’s lithium-ion battery’s cell capacity likewise gets an increase from 20 to 34 ampere-hours (Ah), while gross energy capability grows from 7.1 to 11.6 kilowatt hours. The car’s eDrive technology also has actually included more situations in which the car solely works on electric power, with the gasoline engine only powered on when speeding up hard.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Engine and Features
A unique-looking EV, the i8 creates 369 horse power with a combined electric motor and fuel engine. Max torque is 184 lb-ft, which makes it possible for the 2019 i8 accelerate from zero to 60 in a mere 4.2 seconds. A regulated leading speed is set at 155 miles per hour.
The i8 features a BMW particular all-wheel drive system for hybrids: a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline engine drives the rear wheels through a 6-speed automated transmission and the electrical motor powers the front wheels through a 2-speed automatic 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 powerful. It’s capable of striking 65 mph with just its electrical motor. When eDrive is selected, the all-electric speed limit rises to 75 mph.
The i8 likewise features eco-smart tech. With navigation route activated, the i8’s energy management system makes certain the electrical motor is used “as extensively and as wisely as possible” specifically 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 display. The i8 includes a variety of innovative technology and connectivity features. One is a head-up screen, that can provide chauffeurs who move manually in sport mode rpm readings, equipment indicator, plus maximum shift indicator.
It also has cruise control with braking, plus BMW’s Driving Assistant Package that includes Surround View. That plan also includes frontal accident warning, city accident mitigation, daytime pedestrian defense, park distance control, automated high beams, speed limitation information, cross traffic alert and side and leading view 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 includes cloth/leather upholstery in Amido/E-Copper colors. With heated front seats, the i8 likewise features a leather sports guiding wheel with paddle shifters.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Release Date
Twenty-inch wheels are optional. And two brand-new exterior color choices are readily available: E-Copper and Donnington Grey. Pricing for the 2019 i8 was not immediately readily available. The 2017 i8 started at about $145,000.