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2019 BMW i8

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2019 BMW i8
  • BMW i8
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    228 @ 5800
  • Torque @ RPM:
    236 @ 3700
  • Displacement:
    1.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
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A few extra electrons for ze German sci-fi machine

First unveiled in 2013, the BMW i8 was met with critical acclaim for its sharp space-age looks, high-tech hybrid powertrain, and impressive speed potential. First rolling off the production line in 2014, the i8 has remained a hugely desirable hybrid sports car throughout its brief lifetime. However, it’s been several years now since its initial release, which means it’s time for a refresh. As such, BMW introduced a mid-cycle refresh for the i8 Coupe at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, simultaneously dropping the sheets alongside a new open-top Roadster iteration. Overall, the tweaks are minor but do include some new styling options and a slightly beefier battery pack. Power and all-electric range see incremental increases, but is it enough to keep the Bavarian spaceship feeling as cutting edge as it should?

After all, we’ve seen some pretty impressive gains in the sporty hybrid segment, even in the past three years. Which begs the question – how does the 2019 i8 shape up amongst the current crop of segment offerings, and does this refresh lag against the times?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 BMW i8.

 

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10 Things a BMW M Hypercar Needs to Corner the Market

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Does the self-driving BMW M Next concept Actually Preview the Next-Gen BMW i8?

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2019 BMW i8 Roadster Driven

The reasonably powered supercar
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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 BMW i8

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2019 BMW i8 - Driven

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BMW Planning Different Sized Battery Cells, So Expect to Pony Up For Anything Above 280 Miles Per Charge

You could get up to 435 miles of range, though, so that’s cool
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BMW Won’t Mass-Produce EVs Right Now Because it’s Too Expensive

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2019 BMW i8 Roadster

Bimmer’s electrified spaceship goes topless
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Is there a More Powerful version of the BMW i8 On the Horizon?

Don’t count those eggs yet because it’s probably not happening
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Not again...
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The tall-riding mash-up continues…

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2019 BMW i8

2019 BMW i8

A few extra electrons for ze German sci-fi machine
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BMW Debuts “New” i8 Coupe and the First i8 Roadster

Haha; they said “new.”
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2017 BMW i8 – Driven

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The future is now!
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Coming to a dealership near you in 2017
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