Word’s leaked out about the new BMW i8, a fully electric roadster boasting a host of features. This combines a locally emissions-free ride with the high performance expected of the i8 – all in a roadster’s sleek body. The eDrive technology on which the i8 has only improved over the years. The hybrid drive system won International Engine of the Year for three years running. What does 2018 have in store for Bimmer fans?
Power & Acceleration
BMW i8 features include a 369 hp engine with an added edge of power over prior years. This delivers an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. Yet despite the power, the engine’s all-electric operation makes it extraordinarily quiet. This can range up to an estimated 18 miles in e-mode. BMW is keeping local driving green.
In hybrid mode, the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster uses the combustion engine to power the rear wheels and the electric motor for the front wheels, offering a powerful all-wheel-drive system. Light and durable construction combines with both engines to offer a good kick in acceleration, especially coming out of a corner.
Getting the Details Right
The roadster’s roof can open or close in under 16 seconds. When it opens, the rear window shifts to redirect airflow. This allows you to reduce air turbulence as you drive. It’s one of our favorite BMW i8 features. It’s a testament to getting the small details right that can change the entire driving experience. If you want to feel more wind in your hair, you can always adjust this.
The start of production for the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster is scheduled for March 2018. The retail launch will follow shortly afterward, in Spring. We expect demand for the new BMW i8 to be high, so let us know early that you want to get your hands on one and get a feel for it on the road.