BMW’s brand-new fancy and sophisticated 2019 i8 Coupe offers more improvements 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 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 wide 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 enhanced plastic traveler cell.
New for 2019, the i8 includes 12 horse power. It’s approximated to deliver 18 miles of pure electrical range, up 30 percent from the current model. The i8’s lithium-ion battery’s cell capability 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 also has included more circumstances in which the car entirely 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 creates 369 horsepower 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 mere 4.2 seconds. A controlled leading speed is set at 155 miles per hour.
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 automatic transmission and the electrical motor powers the front wheels through a 2-speed automated 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 hitting 65 miles per hour with just its electrical motor. When eDrive is selected, the all-electric speed limit increases to 75 miles per hour.
The i8 also features eco-smart tech. With navigation route activated, the i8’s energy management system ensures the electrical motor is used “as thoroughly and as carefully 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 display. The i8 consists of a number of sophisticated technology and connectivity features. One is a head-up screen, that can give motorists who shift manually in sport mode rpm readings, equipment indicator, plus optimum shift indicator.
It also has cruise control with braking, plus BMW’s Driving Assistant Package that consists of Surround View. That bundle also consists of frontal accident caution, city accident mitigation, daytime pedestrian security, park distance control, automated high beams, speed limit info, cross traffic alert and side and leading view cameras.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Interior
Inside, the interior comes requirement with ivory white upholstery. New for the 2019 model, the i8 is available with a Tera World Copper interior trim that comes with cloth/leather upholstery in Amido/E-Copper colors. With heated front seats, the i8 likewise 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 choices are readily available: E-Copper and Donnington Grey. Pricing for the 2019 i8 was not instantly readily available. The 2017 i8 started at about $145,000.