BMW’s brand-new fancy and classy 2019 i8 Coupe uses more refinements and has more power and range than the existing generation plug-in hybrid sports car. The 2-door, 2 +2 coupe with its identifiable gullwing doors strikes U.S. dealers in the spring, making its global debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It follows the reveal 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 built on BMW’s LifeDrive vehicle architecture for i models. It consists of an aluminum chassis and a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic passenger cell. New for 2019, the i8 includes 12 horsepower. It’s approximated to provide 18 miles of pure electric variety, 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 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 electrical power, with the gas engine only powered on when accelerating hard.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Engine and Features
A unique-looking EV, the i8 produces 369 horse power with a combined electrical motor and gasoline engine. Max torque is 184 lb-ft, which allows the 2019 i8 speed up from no to 60 in a simple 4.2 seconds. A controlled top 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 automatic 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 effective. It’s capable of hitting 65 miles per hour with simply its electrical motor. When eDrive is chosen, the all-electric speed limit rises to 75 mph.
The i8 likewise features eco-smart tech. With navigation route triggered, the i8’s energy management system makes certain the electric motor is used “as thoroughly and as sensibly 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 number of sophisticated technology and connectivity features. One is a head-up screen, that can provide chauffeurs who move by hand in sport mode rpm readings, equipment indication, plus optimal shift sign.
It likewise has cruise control with braking, plus BMW’s Driving Assistant Package that includes Surround View. That package likewise consists of frontal crash caution, city collision mitigation, daytime pedestrian protection, park range control, automated high beams, speed limit info, cross traffic alert and side and top 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 steering wheel with paddle shifters.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Release Date
Twenty-inch wheels are optional. And 2 brand-new exterior color options are available: E-Copper and Donnington Grey. Pricing for the 2019 i8 was not instantly readily available. The 2017 i8 started at about $145,000.