BMW Recently Unveiled the 2019 i8 Roadster and 2019 i8 Coupe

Recently, BMW announced the production of its first-ever BMW i8 Roadster, which -- along with the i8 coupe -- introduces the new standard for sustainable driving in BMW eDrive technology. This all-new i8 Roadster marries nearly silent driving and zero CO2 to the complete freedom found in open-air driving.

The eDrive technology has been optimized to deliver more power than ever before, with a TwinPower Turbo combustion engine offering 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, while the electric motor makes 141 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. With a combined output of 369 horsepower, you'll enjoy the performance you expect from a BMW. With the gasoline engine powering the rear wheels and the electric motor propelling the front wheels, each i8 model lays down a 0-60 mph time of less than 4.5 seconds.

The lithium-ion battery is unique to the i8 models, and is capable of more energy capacity. Gross energy capacity has grown from 7.1 kWh to 11.6 kWh, while battery cell capacity has increased from 20- to 34-ampere hours. This greater battery capacity delivers improves both all-electric driving range and makes the i8 capable of reaching 65 mph while powered only by the electric motor.

At BMW of Columbia, our entire team is excited to see and test-drive these new i8 models.

Our BMW showroom at 250 Killian Commons Parkway in Columbia proudly serves drivers from the Lexington, Sumter, Chapin, Irmo and Camden areas.

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