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BMW Drops The Top On New i8 Roadster (And Upgrades The Coupe Too) 29
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Gallery, LA Auto Show, new cars, video on 11 29th, 2017

BMW is writing the next chapter of its flagship hybrid sports car with the reveal today not only of the new i8 Roadster, but an upgraded version of the i8 coupe as well.

The basic parameters are the same: plug-in hybrid powertrain, housed an aluminum chassis with a carbon-fiber monotub. But the battery boasts a higher capacity, and the hybrid powertrain more muscle to take the i8 even further (and faster).

The 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine now produces 231 horsepower (up from 228), and the electric motor 143 hp (up from 131 hp) for a combined output of 374 hp to rocket the i8 coupe from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and the roadster in 4.4 as they rocket towards their electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

With a battery pack upgraded from 20 Ah to 34 Ah and from 7.1 kWh to 11.6, it’ll also travel on electric power alone at speeds of up to 65 mph (instead of just 43 mph) – or 75 mph in eDrive mode. All-electric range is up to 34 miles (for the coupe, 33 for the convertible) on the ambitious New European Driving Cycle.

Perhaps best of all is that you can now get the i8 with a folding soft-top. Aside from the slight performance penalty, it does mean sacrificing the rear seats, but with the inherent rigidity of the carbon cell, chopping the roof off nets only a 132-pound weight penalty for a curb weight quoted at 3,516 lbs.

That roof, incidentally, can raise and lower in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph, folding into a compact Z-shaped vertical stack. The suspension’s been retuned for the roadster too, and new wheels for both versions reduce unsprung weight.

Following the debut of both versions at the LA Auto Show today, both versions are set to reach US showrooms next spring, with pricing to be revealed closer to launch.

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BMW Reveals Facelifted 2018 4-Series Coupe, Gran Coupe & Convertible [134 Pics] 17
Posted by John Halas in BMW, BMW 4-Series, Gallery, Geneva Motor Show, new cars on 01 17th, 2017

It took BMW almost two years after announcing a mid-cycle facelift for the 3-Series to bring a similar suite of updates for the related 4-Series family that includes the two-door Coupe, five-door Gran Coupe and the hardtop convertible.
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The Bold, The Beautiful And The Wacky Of The 2016 SEMA [267 Images] 5
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Gallery, SEMA show, tuning on 11 5th, 2016

To some people, SEMA is as much about automakers showcasing their latest technologies and concepts, as it is about individual builders and other types of brands coming up with all sorts of unique creations.
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Audi’s New 2017 A5 & S5 Sportback Family Revealed Before Paris Debut 7
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi A5 Sportback, Audi S5, Gallery, new cars, Paris Auto Show on 09 7th, 2016

The veil has been lifted on the brand new 2017 Audi A5 Sportback and S5 Sportback ahead of the model's reveals at the Paris Motor Show next month.
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DS Launches New Performance Line For Its Range Of Models 2
Posted by Brad Anderson in Citroen DS5, DS, DS3, DS4, Gallery, Reports on 09 2nd, 2016

DS Automobiles has launched the brand new 'DS Performance Line' for its full range of models.
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