2019 BMW I8 Roadster and Coupe

Upcoming 2019 BMW i8 Roadster and i8 Coupe

Now that BMW has released much-anticipated details and pictures of its 2019 i8 Roadster and updated i8 coupe, supercar fans all around the world are eager to find out more about these two boldly styled and engineered hybrids. As reported by Motor Trend, the exciting i8 Roadster was debuted at last year's L.A. Auto Show, and details on improvements to the 2019 i8 coupe were also offered by BMW. Updated interiors, better all-electric driving range and more overall power make up the three headline features of these two cars.

The brand-new i8 Roadster boasts a soft top that can open at vehicle speeds of up to 31 mph and can be fully deployed from button push to unfurled in under 16 seconds. Stored in a perpendicular shape in the rear of the car to occupy as little room as possible, BMW claims the fabric roof contains extra soundproofing qualities as well.

The Roadster, unlike the coupe's 2 plus 2 seating arrangement, adheres to the strictly classic sports-car style of seating for only two. Storage options are clearly limited here, though a few handy compartments equal 4.7 cubic feet of storage space.

Confirming previous reports, the significant new features of BMW's i8 Roadster carry over to improvements to the i8 coupe as well. A better battery in the form of 11.6 kilowatt-hour capacity, lithium-ion pack are featured in both cars. This brings gains of up to 12-hp in peak power capabilities to each car's front wheel, battery-powered motors.

The i8 coupe's previous 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three rear-wheel gas engine makes a return in both cases here. In addition to the increased raw power and torque –- amounting to about 369 hp and 420 lb-ft.-– the 2019 i8s boast an increased battery-only range to the tune of an extra 3 miles, stepping up from 15 to 18 miles due to improved battery performance.

Looking inside, both cars offer the latest BMW iDrive infotainment system that features an 8.8 in. touch-screen display. For standard packages offered for both cars, expect to see heated seats, a head-up dash display, a Harman Kardon 12-speaker sound system and three distinct driving modes – Eco Pro, Sport and Comfort.

The Roadster does get its own exclusive interior trim style treatment in the form of handsome copper colored leather and cloth upholstery.

These two powerful luxury hybrids from BMW go on sale later this spring.

Categories: i8, Technology
Tags: i8, Roadster, Coupe