2019 BMW i8 Revealed and Quick Review – The BMW i8 Roadster has finally arrived, alongside an updated BMW i8 coupe. The two cars make their debut at the 2019 L.A. Auto Show with more power, an increased electric driving range, and new interior trims.
2019 BMW i8 Revealed and Quick Review
The cool and controversial 2019 BMW i8 Revealed and Quick Review is entering the second half of its life cycle with a modest update yet enormous news in the form of a new softtop roadster variant. It’s no coincidence that BMW is unveiling the roadster at the annual auto show in Los Angeles—that is where the BMW i8’s initial press launch occurred in the spring of 2014, and it’s where the car has an especially rabid customer base that is eager to telegraph their green credentials with this plug-in hybrid that BMW Review stubbornly categorizes as an “electric” on its consumer website.
The BMW i8 ditches the coupe’s vestigial rear seats in favor of extra storage and the compartment for the fabric top, which folds down in just 16 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 31 mph. The B-pillars stand upright even when the best is lowered, giving the roadster a somewhat targa-like appearance. The rear window can be lowered electrically, and there should thus be sufficient airflow in the cabin to create a true open-top experience.
2019 BMW i8 Exterior
Outside, the 2019 BMW i8 Revealed and Quick Review doesn’t look all that different from the model that came before it. In advance, you once again get a flat, broad hood that curves down towards the pavement in a solid, wedge-like shape. The overhangs are short at the two ends, while the headlight housings are narrow, drawing back along the fender line with underlined LED daytime running lights. Between the lights, you’ll find BMW’s famous kidney grille intakes, while higher on the hood is a horizontal vent to add an extra splash of aggression.
Moving to the side, we come across the BMW i8’s full coupe shape glory. The roofline is long and low, complementing the low and wide stance, while lower aero lines that start just behind the front wheels draw upwards through the doors and rear fenders, lending the whole thing a forward-leaning visual rake. The rear end is plumped up to give the whole thing a beefier, muscular look, while slim taillights bookend with the front fascia.
2019 BMW i8 Interior
Inside, the 2019 BMW i8 Revealed and Quick Review once again arrives with a driver-oriented control layout. Behind the standard leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, there’s a multifunctional instrument display, while the 2+2 seating arrangement comes equipped with full-leather upholstery and “Giga” style trim bits. Get the Coupe, and the color scheme will be standard as Ivory White, while options include dark Amido coloring for the interior trim, or the optional Halo trim with cloth and leather upholstery finished in Carum and Dalbergia coloring.
There’s also a new Tera World Copper interior option, which comes with cloth and leather upholstery in an Amido and E-Copper color scheme. On the steering wheel, there’s a set of shift paddles for manual gear changes if desired. 2019 BMW 120i Review. There are also standard heated seats for the driver and passenger, plus fully electric adjustability.
2019 BMW i8 Engine
2019 BMW i8 Revealed and Quick Review while awesome styling and the latest digital interior tech are nice, the BMW i8’s real allure is in the powertrain department. 2019 BMW M5 Review. As Bimmer’s primary test bed for electric and hybrid systems destined for use in further I products, the BMW i8 uses the latest and greatest that the brand has to offer.
At the heart of it is a hybrid AWD system with a variety of hybrid-assisted and all-electric driving modes. The traditional internal combustion half is provided by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, which comes equipped with direct injection and Valvetronic variable valve timing to simultaneously maximize both yield and efficiency. Peak yield from the three-cylinder comes to 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed to the rear axle by way of a six-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox. Improvements for the 2019 model year include a more aggressive exhaust note and lower emissions.
2019 BMW i8 Release Date and Price
The 2019 BMW i8 Revealed and Quick Review is scheduled to make its sales launch in the spring of 2019. Pricing has not yet been announced as of this writing, yet is expected to slot in around the same spot as the current model, which gets a price tag starting at $143,400.