30 Nov The BMW i8 Loses Its Top For 2019
After plenty of rumors and teasing, BMW is unveiling the 2019 i8 Roadster at the LA Auto Show. I’ve been a big fan of the i8 for quite awhile now even though some people feel it falls into a love it or hate it category.
The nice thing about this new roadster is that it does in fact have a fully electric top even though it doesn’t really look like it. The power for both the coupe and roadster in 2019 is up for a total of 369 hp which is good for a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds in the coupe and 4.4 seconds in the Roadster. The roadster’s color is called E-Copper and it’s new as well.
I’ve always been a fan of open top driving, but you know it will be a little eerie with no noise at least while it’s in electric only mode. Which by the way it can do for just 18 miles. I think the i8 looks great and it would be a great car to own. The roadster does look stunning and the only real compromise you have to make, other than the slightly slower 0-60 time, is the lack of a back seat which the coupe does have. I realize of course its for small children only but still. The other problem is the upcoming Tesla Roadster. The i8 coupe retails for $145,000 so you can expect the roadster to be over $150,000 even though pricing hasn’t been announced yet. The Tesla will be the electric roadster to have albeit for over $200,000. But let’s be honest, the i8 isn’t exactly cheap.
You have to give BMW credit for going way outside the box with this model and sticking with it.
Photos/Video Courtesy: BMW
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