#LAAUTOSHOW: BMW Reveals A Refreshed i8 And An All New Roadster

#LAAUTOSHOW: BMW Reveals A Refreshed i8 And An All New Roadster

The new BMW i8 Roadster has been unveiled alongside the updated BMW i8 Coupe at the 2017 Los Angeles motor show.

Speaking of which, the all-new BMW i8 Roadster is only about 60 kg (130 pounds) heavier than the Coupe, despite having a reinforced CFRP chassis and an electrically retractable soft top.

For those not up-to-date with BMWs nomenclature and model lineup, we are talking about the i8 facelift, which is also getting a much-awaited Roadster version. The result is a noticeable increase in dynamic performance, operating range and the amount of driving possible using purely the electric drive system.

The Roadster's folding roof is a compact fabric unit, slipping underneath a new interpretation of the i8 Coupe's floating rear buttresses when stowed. The automaker claims the number of driving situations where the electric motor is exclusively responsible for powering the vehicle has been significantly increased, with the combustion engine only being brought into play when accelerating hard. A tiny, turbocharged aluminum rattlebox of an engine powered the i8's rear wheels and an electric motor churned the front for all-wheel drive excellence.

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show Drop Top BMW i8 Roadster Revealed

Sales of the BMW i8 Roadster are set to commence in spring 2018 with pricing announcements closer to the market launch. 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 2019 i8 can travel 18 miles, up from 15 miles with the old battery. The difference we are talking about is the fact that the 2019 BMW i8 features a 2+2 seating arrangement while the i8 Roadster is a two-seater.

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). That almost doubles the amount of storage available in the Roadster versus the i8 Coupe.

BMW says it has improved its technology surrounding the drivetrain of the i8, which now has more power from its electric motor and a longer range. All that adds up to a 0-60 miles per hour time of 4.4 seconds, placing it just behind the seat-toting i8 Coupe which does it in 4.2 seconds. Both cars can reach a top speed of 155mph.

There are two new colors for the 2019 i8: E-Copper and Donington Grey. The Giga and Halo interior trim options remain available and a new Tera World Copper has been added.

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