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BMW USA Announces Price for the all-new BMW M5

BMW USA Announces Price for the all-new BMW M5

In Roadster guise, this allows the i8 to complete the sprint from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds, while the Coupe manages it in 4.2 seconds.

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.

Components on the new i8 Roadster's convertible roof mechanism are made out of aluminum using a new 3D printing process. Both new models of the BMW i8 shown in LA are due to enter showrooms as 2019 model year entrants. We're not sure what the holdup was, but it was probably for the best that BMW reached so far into future for its looks; the thing still looks fairly fresh today (assuming you're into scoops, finlets and flying buttresses).

BMW has not released any information about pricing for either the new roadster or the new version of the coupe, but the latter used to start at $135,000.

2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Updated i8 Coupe Debut in LA

The wait is finally over for the latest version of BMW's hybrid sports vehicle. That said, for safety and longevity reasons, the usable capacity of only 9.4 kWh, which is enough to give the BMW i8 Coupe an electric range of 55 km (34 miles) in the NEDC cycle, while the slightly more cumbersome i8 Roadster can be driven in electric mode for up to 53 km (33 miles). Reaching 60 miles per hour in the coupe takes 4.2 seconds, while the roadster is slightly slower at 4.4 seconds, but both models have an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Under the hood of the 2019 all-wheel drive i8s are two electric motors and a three-cylinder turbocharged engine.

The new i8 features an aluminium body supporting a carbon fibre reinforced passenger cell and under the skin the i8's electronics have been given a boost with battery capacity increased by 14Ah to 34Ah. And what Honda has cooked up is a proper supercar priced not a whole lot higher than an i8 Coupe. Top speed on both is restricted to 155mph. The new 20-inch alloy wheels that come with the vehicle shave off 1kg each over the previous seen on the auto. The iconic gullwing doors have also been retained. The electric motors now produce 105kW/143bhp and can drive the auto to 105kmph on pure battery power which can be increased to 120kmph at a push of a (eDrive) button. The new E-Copper finish and the striking Donington Gray shade have also been added to the range.