BMW’s brand-new fancy and stylish 2019 i8 Coupe provides more improvements and has more power and range than the existing generation plug-in hybrid cars. The 2-door, 2 +2 coupe with its identifiable gullwing doors strikes 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 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 built on BMW’s LifeDrive vehicle architecture for i models. It includes an aluminum chassis and a carbon-fiber enhanced plastic traveler cell.
New for 2019, the i8 includes 12 horse power. It’s estimated to provide 18 miles of pure electrical range, up 30 percent from the existing model. The i8’s lithium-ion battery’s cell capacity also gets a boost 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 likewise has added more situations where the car solely works on electrical power, with the fuel engine just powered on when speeding up hard.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Engine and Features
A unique-looking EV, the i8 creates 369 horsepower with a combined electrical motor and gasoline engine. Max torque is 184 lb-ft, which enables the 2019 i8 accelerate from zero to 60 in a mere 4.2 seconds. A controlled leading speed is set at 155 mph.
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 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 hitting 65 miles per hour with simply its electrical motor. When eDrive is selected, the all-electric speed limit increases to 75 mph.
The i8 likewise features eco-smart tech. With navigation route activated, the i8’s energy management system makes certain the electric motor is used “as thoroughly and as wisely 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 sophisticated technology and connectivity features. One is a head-up screen, that can offer drivers who shift manually in sport mode rpm readings, gear indicator, plus optimal shift indicator.
It likewise has cruise control with braking, plus BMW’s Driving Assistant Package that includes Surround View. That plan likewise consists of frontal crash caution, city collision mitigation, daytime pedestrian security, park range control, automatic high beams, speed limit info, cross traffic alert and side and leading view video cameras.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Interior
Inside, the interior comes standard 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 steering wheel with paddle shifters.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Release Date
Twenty-inch wheels are optional. And two new exterior color options are available: E-Copper and Donnington Grey. Prices for the 2019 i8 was not immediately offered. The 2017 i8 started at about $145,000.