BMW i8 Roadster revealed as its most gorgeous hybrid yet

BMW i8 Roadster

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

Since both models are essentially a mid-cycle facelift, despite the Roadster not having a predecessor, both the exterior and the interior have been updated.

BMW has just taken the wraps of its latest generation of hybrid i8 supercar in the form of the new i8 Roadster. Pricing will be announced closer to that date. BMW has been teasing this model for quite some time, but we finally get the chance to see it uncovered. The soft-top roof, made up of a large fabric panel and integrated header rails, is claimed to open in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 50kph. Of course it is also coupled with the electric drive system at 141 hp that brings that total power output to a respectable 369 horsepower.

The new BMW i8 Coupe and Roadster will be launched in May 2018.

Buy or sell your exotic auto at duPontREGISTRY.com and check back with Autofluence.com for more supercar news. The range for driving in electric mode has been increased to 33 miles in the Roadster and 34 miles in the Coupe. But BMW was able to optimize its eDrive tech to get more power and range out of the auto.

Another change to the powertrain is the new lithium-ion battery that now boasts a cell capacity of 34Ah (up from 20Ah) and an energy capacity of 11.6kW (up from 7.1kW).

The roof, which consists of a large fabric-covered panel and integrated header rails, is claimed to open in just 15 seconds at speeds up to 31 miles per hour (50 km/h), providing the i8 Roadster with full open-air properties. Both cars can reach a top speed of 155mph.

BMW i8 Roadster

The 2019 i8 Roadster doesn't look that different from the coupe, other than the different top and the fact that the two rear seats have been removed.

It uses a mid-mounted version of BMW's turbocharged 1.5L 3-cyl. gasoline engine packaged behind the cabin in combination with an electric motor housed within the front axle assembly in a set-up that conceivably can provide either front-wheel drive running on the electric motor or all-wheel drive with the gasoline engine and electric motor working together.

In real world conditions BMW says the i8 should average around 56 to the gallon around town and 40mpg on a run.

It sure looks tempting in this new hue, called E-Copper.

As far as fuel consumption is concerned, the i8 Roadster boasts a combined consumption figure of 135mpg, while the i8 Coupe manages 149mpg.

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