New BMW i8 Roadster revealed alongside updated i8 Coupe

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Nonetheless, BMW recently released a new 2019 BMW i8 that ships with improved hybrid components alongside a brand-new convertible i8 Roadster model.

After a steady drip feed of teasers, leaks and spy shots, BMW has officially unveiled the i8 Roadster, along with an updated i8 Coupe.

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. Both new models of the BMW i8 shown in LA are due to enter showrooms as 2019 model year entrants.

For the 2019 model year, BMW's answer seems to be the following: Please forget the roof, and here's 12 more horsepower and up to 3 miles of additional pure electric range. 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.

Going into more detail, the aluminium parts of the hood have been made using 3D printing, in order to obtain greater precision, while BMW claims to have worked thoroughly on the insulation - both thermal and acoustic. However, the Coupe retains hatchback cargo space and rear seats, while the Roadster only offers two seats. The power bump comes from a significant boost in energy density, with cell capacity up from 20Ah to 34Ah.

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2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

The BMW i8 has been on sale now since 2014.

The BMW i8 Roadster was long awaited since BMW showcased the i8 Spyder Concept back in 2012.

The petrol unit, which is mated to a six-speed automatic, is unchanged in terms of output (231hp and 320Nm) but the electric motor gets about 12hp more, increasing total system output to 374hp. BMW is putting the 0-60 miles per hour time of the Coupe and Roadster at 4.2/4.4 seconds, respectively. All that also means a new rear window, new engine cover and new frameless doors that add up to seriously drool-worthy machine.

Both low slung cars appeared onstage alongside the North American debut of the BMW i Vision Dynamics that was introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show a few months ago.

Both can be ordered with Tera World Copper interior trim, which is new to the i8, and features a cloth and leather upholstery combination in a two-tone (Amido/E-Copper) colour scheme.

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