BMW’s new flashy and elegant 2019 i8 Coupe uses more improvements and has more power and range than the current generation plug-in hybrid cars. The 2-door, 2 +2 coupe with its recognizable gullwing doors strikes U.S. dealers 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 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 developed on BMW’s LifeDrive vehicle architecture for i models. It consists of an aluminum chassis and a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic traveler cell.
New for 2019, the i8 includes 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 likewise 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 likewise has added more situations in which the car solely operates on electric power, with the gasoline engine just powered on when accelerating hard.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Engine and Features
A unique-looking EV, the i8 generates 369 horsepower with a combined electric motor and fuel 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 regulated leading 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 automatic transmission and the electrical 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 just its electrical motor. When eDrive is picked, the all-electric speed threshold rises to 75 mph.
The i8 also features eco-smart tech. With navigation path activated, the i8’s energy management system makes certain the electric motor is used “as thoroughly and as wisely 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 advanced 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 optimal shift sign.
It also has cruise control with braking, plus BMW’s Driving Assistant Package that consists of Surround View. That plan likewise consists of frontal accident warning, city accident mitigation, daytime pedestrian security, park range control, automated high beams, speed limit info, 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 available with a Tera World Copper interior trim that includes cloth/leather upholstery in Amido/E-Copper colors. With heated front seats, the i8 also features a leather sports guiding wheel with paddle shifters.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Release Date
Twenty-inch wheels are optional. And two new exterior color choices are available: E-Copper and Donnington Grey. Pricing for the 2019 i8 was not immediately available. The 2017 i8 started at about $145,000.