BMW’s new flashy and elegant 2019 i8 Coupe offers more improvements and has more power and range than the current generation plug-in hybrid cars. The 2-door, 2 +2 coupe with its recognizable gullwing doors hits U.S. dealerships in the spring, making its worldwide launching at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It follows the expose of the new i8 Roadster at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Design
With a broad 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 developed on BMW’s LifeDrive vehicle architecture for i models. It consists of an aluminum chassis and a carbon-fiber enhanced plastic passenger cell.
New for 2019, the i8 includes 12 horsepower. It’s estimated to provide 18 miles of pure electrical range, up 30 percent from the present model. The i8’s lithium-ion battery’s cell capability also gets an increase 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 included more scenarios in which the car exclusively runs on electric power, with the gas engine only powered on when speeding up hard.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Engine and Features
A unique-looking EV, the i8 produces 369 horsepower with a combined electric motor and gasoline engine. Max torque is 184 lb-ft, which allows the 2019 i8 accelerate from no to 60 in a mere 4.2 seconds. A regulated 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 fuel engine drives the rear wheels through a 6-speed automated transmission and the electric 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 simply its electrical motor. When eDrive is chosen, the all-electric speed limit increases to 75 mph. The i8 also features eco-smart tech. With navigation route triggered, the i8’s energy management system ensures the electric motor is used “as thoroughly and as carefully as possible” particularly 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 includes a variety of sophisticated technology and connectivity features. One is a head-up display screen, that can offer motorists who move by hand in sport mode rpm readings, equipment indicator, plus optimal shift indicator.
It also has cruise control with braking, plus BMW’s Driving Assistant Package that consists of Surround View. That package likewise includes frontal crash caution, city accident mitigation, daytime pedestrian defense, park distance control, automated high beams, speed limit 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 offered with a Tera World Copper interior trim that comes with cloth/leather upholstery in Amido/E-Copper colors. With heated front seats, the i8 also features a leather sports guiding wheel with paddle shifters.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Release Date
Twenty-inch wheels are optional. And 2 new exterior color options are offered: E-Copper and Donnington Grey. Prices for the 2019 i8 was not instantly offered. The 2017 i8 started at about $145,000.