BMW’s new flashy and stylish 2019 i8 Coupe provides more improvements and has more power and range than the current generation plug-in hybrid cars. The 2-door, 2 +2 coupe with its identifiable gullwing doors hits U.S. dealers in the spring, making its worldwide debut 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 wide and rounded face, the i8 has a low and flat hood and sports a long roofline. The lightweight 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 strengthened plastic traveler cell.
New for 2019, the i8 adds 12 horse power. It’s estimated 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 a boost 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 included more scenarios where the car solely works on electric power, with the gasoline engine just powered on when speeding up hard.
2019 BMW i8 Coupe Engine and Features
A unique-looking EV, the i8 generates 369 horse power with a combined electrical motor and gasoline engine. Max torque is 184 lb-ft, which enables the 2019 i8 accelerate from zero to 60 in a simple 4.2 seconds. A controlled leading speed is set at 155 mph. The i8 features a BMW particular all-wheel drive system for hybrids: a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline engine drives the rear wheels through a 6-speed automated 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 effective. It’s capable of striking 65 miles per hour with simply its electric motor. When eDrive is picked, the all-electric speed threshold increases to 75 miles per hour.
The i8 also features eco-smart tech. With navigation path triggered, the i8’s energy management system makes sure the electrical motor is used “as extensively and as wisely as possible” particularly 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 variety of innovative technology and connectivity features. One is a head-up display, that can offer drivers who shift by hand in sport mode rpm readings, equipment indicator, plus optimum shift sign. It likewise has cruise control with braking, plus BMW’s Driving Assistant Package that includes Surround View. That package likewise consists of frontal accident caution, city crash mitigation, daytime pedestrian defense, park range 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 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 likewise 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. Prices for the 2019 i8 was not immediately readily available. The 2017 i8 began at about $145,000.