2019 BMW i8: What You Need to Know

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BMW’s i8 Plug-In Hybrid Coupe Get a Facelift and a Convertible Twin

The BMW i8 Coupe made its debut in back in 2015. While BMW revealed the BMW i8 Concept Spyder as a convertible back in 2012, that car never came to production. Now, years later, the i8 will enter the market with its i8 Roadster, which resembles the 2012 concept to a tee.

For the 2019 model year, BMW will bring forth a second-generation i8 Coupe, along with its i8 Roadster twin. The automaker also has plans for a third, special-edition vehicle to join the lineup at launch. The BMW i8 Roadster First Edition will be limited to the first 200 units produced.

BMW’s “i” brand is solely focused on plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. It’s sold separately from traditional cars manufactured by BMW and Mini. The unique i3 electric car was the brand’s first effort, followed by the plug-in hybrid i8. BMW plans to expand its electric vehicle lineup by adding two new models in the next two years and a total of 12 by 2025.

Though the i8 is a low-volume luxury sports car – having sold less than 500 copies in the U.S. in 2017 and less than 5,000 since its inception – it’s the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid sports car to date. Perhaps that’s because there are really no other plug-in hybrid sports cars on the market, but multiple competitors are in the works.

Read through the following slides for more details about the 2019 BMW i8 Coupe and Roadster.

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