2019 BMW I8 – The next convertible version of the hybrid sports car BMW i8 plug-in has been spy-tested. Confirmed by BMW CEO Harald Krüger as i8 Roadster, the new convertible is on sale in 2018, which means we should see it happen as a model 2019. Its arrival should follow that of an updated version of the coupe i8 later this year.
The new 2019 BMW I8 Roadster features subtle modifications to the original coupe style of the body. For example, a small, small-sized rear window takes the place of the cup-shaped rear windshield, while the engine hood is replaced by new hoods that drain into the individual rear fenders. With regard to the convertible roof, from what we are shouting by the spy shots, it seems that the roof is made up of a single removable panel that must be put by hand. This type of design was first previewed in the i8 Spyder concept dating from 2012. Only, the concept featured a two-piece roof panel instead of one.
There was no picture showing the interior of the new Roadster, but we are already expecting great things from the high-tech side. If the concept of Future Interaction Convertible based on i8 that created waves at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, something may happen, the Roadster could include features such as multiple digital display and gesture control for to name a few.
Greater changes will be found under the skin. As mentioned above, the range will increase by 50% thanks to a larger 10 kWh battery pack. Upgrades to the electric motor and three-cylinder engine will push the hybrid system output beyond the 400-horsepower mark.
The legend accompanying the teaser confirms that we will see the 2019 BMW I8 in metal for the first time next year. We would not be surprised to see its debut in March at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but nothing is official at this stage. Anyway, it will arrive in the showrooms in time for the 2019 model year.