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BMW unveils new i8 Roadster and Coupe with more electric range

BMW unveils new i8 Roadster and Coupe with more electric range

They're finally here: the BMW i8 Roadster and the BMW i8 Coupe, both updated and hitting the market next year. Launched at the LA Auto Show, the i8 Roadster and its new and improved i8 coupe companion get a couple of new color options and some copper upholstery. BMW claims the new battery provides an all-electric range of 33 miles (53 km) for the i8 Roadster and 34 miles (55 km) for the i8 Coupe in FWD electric mode up to a limited speed of 75 mph (121 km/h) on the European test cycle. "If you're playing in that segment with the very expensive cars, it's always [that] you have to have the newest one". In the USA, i8 sales are down 72 percent through the first 10 months of 2017, with just 364 sold. The cars along with the i3s are part of the automakers commitment to have 12 electric cars by 2025. The 2018 BMW i8 coupe starts at $146,395.

An even weight distribution, low center of gravity and gullwing doors add to the sportiness of the hybrid vehicles, which are set to go on sale in the Spring of 2018.

When the roof is down, the rear window rises by an inch-and-a-half automatically to reduce turbulence in the cockpit - an operation which can be adjusted by the driver while the aluminium connectors used to attach the hood have been created by 3D printing - an industry first.

The resulting space between the roof box and the seats is around 3.5 square feet, while the rear cargo area can hold 4.7 square feet of your BMW i8 cargo area-shaped objects. That allows for a 9-kW/12-hp increase of the electric motor's peak output, which is now 105 kW (143 hp).

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In terms of style, the Roadster ditches the rear side windows.

The engine is now boosted to 231hp giving a combined power output to 374hp which gives the i8 performance figures of 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds for the Coupe and 4.6 seconds for the Roadster. On pure electric the new system can run up to 18 miles on pure electric over the previous 15. Efficiency improvements in the batteries also liberate an extra 12bhp from the electric motor, which powers the front wheels.

The BMW i8 Roadster was long awaited since BMW showcased the i8 Spyder Concept back in 2012. Mpg has also been improved to 149.8mpg for the Coupe and 134.5mpg for the Roadster, although these numbers are always notoriously hard to replicate in the real world, unless you charge frequently and mainly undertake short journeys.

By-election for Jayalalithaa's constituency-R K Nagar on 21 Dec
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Friday announced journalist-turned-politician N Marudhu Ganesh as its candidate for the Dr. The vacancy for the constituency arose after the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016.


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