Eco-conscious BMW fans and enthusiasts could now experience a luxurious and comfortable ride with the freedom of open air, without inflicting harm to the environment. Here comes the new 2019 BMW i8 Roadster, as being unveiled by the German premium carmaker at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Tagged by BMW as the sports car of the future, the new i8 is available in two body variants – the new BMW i8 Roadster and new BMW i8 Coupe. While the BMW i8 Roadster and new BMW i8 Coupe plug-in hybrid models -- employing the much-enhanced BMW eDrive technology – are essentially twins, BMW opted to globally unveil only the open-top version at the 2017 LA Auto Show.
The new BMW i8 Roadster is underpinned by the distinct LifeDrive vehicle architecture and heavily influenced by the BMW i form language. It features a number of model-specific body strengthening elements. It comes with gullwing doors employing the signature lightweight construction of BMW i models. Even its windscreen frame is made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Meanwhile the all-electric soft-top cover could be opened or closed with just a press of a button in only 15 seconds up to speeds of 50 km/h.
BMW specially tuned the springs, damping and Dynamic Stability Control to match the character of the plug-in hybrid roadster. Dynamic Damper Control is standard. The new BMW i8 Roadster rides on standard 20-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design.
The BMW i8 Roadster could be wrapped in new E-Copper metallic and Donington Grey metallic exterior paint finishes. The luxurious open-top comes with a Carpo interior design in Ivory White/Black. Accaro interior trim in Amido/E-Copper is optional.
The new BMW i8 Roadster is loaded, as standard, with BMW Display Key, Driving Assistant with Surround View and Navigation system Professional as well as ConnectedDrive Services. Optional elements include the BMW Head-Up Display, non-dazzling BMW Laserlight with BMW Selective Beam as well as acoustic pedestrian warning.
BMW will commence sales of the new BMW i8 in spring of 2018.