As for the exterior innovations, there are new air intakes that BMW says are there to improve aerodynamics.
Inside, the i8 Coupe's 2+2 configuration is eschewed in favor of a two-seat layout for the i8 Roadster, which features a claimed 3.2 cu. -ft. A new aluminum 3D printing process was used to make lightweight parts for the Roadster's roof. When down, the roof stows away into a perpendicular position in the rear. When the top is down, the rear window automatically raises by roughly 1.9 inches to help guide the air flow toward the rear.
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A 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3, 6-speed auto, and electric motor combo still resides within, though system output is now 369 horsepower, up from 362 previously.
BMW has not only unveiled the updated 2019 BMW i8 Coupe today at the LA Auto Show, but has also unveiled the new i8 Roadster. The 2019 i8 can travel 18 miles, up from 15 miles with the old battery.
Perhaps more importantly though, the battery pack's capacity is up from 20 to 34 Ah, with the gross energy capacity going from 7.1 to 11.6 kilowatt hours.
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The petrol engine churns out the same 228bhp it did to drive the back wheels, but the electric motor for the front wheels gets an extra 12bhp (that'll transform it) for a total of 141bhp. That makes it the fastest accelerating BMW of all time, faster than even the M4 GTS. This open-air sibling to the i8 Coupe takes that sports car's hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, performance hardware and captivating looks, and adds convertible freedom thanks to a fabric top that opens and closes in less than 16 seconds.
From an aesthetic point of view, it retains numerous familiar features of the i8 Coupe, which also takes advantage of the California motor show to undergo a bit of a refresh itself.
The i8 Roadster comes more than five years after it was originally unveiled as a concept at the 2012 Beijing motor show and two years since a more production-based concept was unveiled at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. As mentioned above, we hope you still like the design. Mpg has also been improved to 149.8mpg for the Coupe and 134.5mpg for the Roadster, although these numbers are always notoriously hard to replicate in the real world, unless you charge frequently and mainly undertake short journeys.
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