BMW i8 Coupe Gets a Roadster Brother and More Electric Range

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Both can be ordered with Tera World Copper interior trim, which is new to the i8, and features a cloth and leather upholstery combination in a two-tone (Amido/E-Copper) colour scheme.

BMW made the plug-in hybrid i8 sports coupe part of its electric "i" brand despite the fact that it is barely an electric vehicle with only about 15 miles of range. For reference, an i8 Coupe starts at $144,395 today. BMW has been teasing this model for quite some time, but we finally get the chance to see it uncovered.

The 2019 i8 Roadster doesn't look that different from the coupe, other than the different top and the fact that the two rear seats have been removed.

The new BMW i8 Coupe accelerates a little faster with 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.4 seconds and it also has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Both are electronically limited to a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

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The i8 Roadster comes more than five years after it was originally unveiled as a concept at the 2012 Beijing motor show and two years since a more production-based concept was unveiled at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Perhaps more importantly though, the battery pack's capacity is up from 20 to 34 Ah, with the gross energy capacity going from 7.1 to 11.6 kilowatt hours.

Sales of the BMW i8 Roadster are set to commence in spring 2018 with pricing announcements closer to the market launch.

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When the roof is opened, the i8 Roadster's rear window rises by 1.9 inches into what BMW calls a "comfort" position to reduce wind turbulence. But BMW was able to optimize its eDrive tech to get more power and range out of the vehicle.

Total output is up from 266kW to 275kW, with the i8's three-cylinder petrol engine remaining at 170kW. That inline three, six speed engine in turbocharged to output an impressive 228 horsepower.

While the 2019 i8 Coupe keeps its 2+2 configuration, the new BMW i8 Roadster is a 2-seater, meant for the enjoyment of its driver and one lucky passenger.

Not that they were much use, but the rear side windows are ditched in the Roadster (it's a two-seater), as is the liftback which turns in to a rather long engine cover, and the interior gets a bit of a makeover (as does that in the 2018 Coupe).

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