BMW’s new fancy and elegant 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 recognizable gullwing doors strikes U.S. dealerships in the spring, making its international launching at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It follows the expose of the brand-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 includes an aluminum chassis and a carbon-fiber enhanced plastic traveler cell.
New for 2019, the i8 adds 12 horse power. It’s approximated to deliver 18 miles of pure electric range, up 30 percent from the existing model. The i8’s lithium-ion battery’s cell capacity also gets an increase 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 also has added more situations where the car exclusively works on electrical power, with the gasoline engine only 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 gas engine. Max torque is 184 lb-ft, which enables the 2019 i8 speed up from absolutely no to 60 in a simple 4.2 seconds. A controlled top speed is set at 155 miles per hour.
The i8 features a BMW particular all-wheel drive system for hybrids: a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder gas engine drives the rear wheels through a 6-speed automated transmission and the electric motor powers the front wheels through a 2-speed automatic 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 effective. It’s capable of striking 65 mph with simply its electric motor. When eDrive is chosen, the all-electric speed limit increases to 75 mph.
The i8 likewise features eco-smart tech. With navigation path activated, the i8’s energy management system makes sure the electric motor is used “as thoroughly and as sensibly as possible” specifically at low speeds to run as much as a pure EV as possible.
A navigation system consists of a touch controller on the center console and an 8.8-inch touch screen control screen. The i8 consists of a number of innovative technology and connectivity features. One is a head-up screen, that can give chauffeurs who shift by hand in sport mode rpm readings, equipment sign, plus maximum shift sign.
It also has cruise control with braking, plus BMW’s Driving Assistant Package that includes Surround View. That package also consists of frontal collision caution, city crash mitigation, daytime pedestrian defense, park distance control, automatic high beams, speed limitation information, 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 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 offered: E-Copper and Donnington Grey. Pricing for the 2019 i8 was not immediately available. The 2017 i8 started at about $145,000.