The All-New BMW i8 Roadster Is the Topless Electric Supercar We've Been Waiting For

Simply gorgeous.
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BMW's sexy i8 mid-engine hybrid-electric sports car gets even cooler for the 2019 model year, with a new open-roof Roadster edition and upgrades to the coupe that include 12 more horsepower, longer electric driving range and an appropriate "E-Copper" paint hue that evokes Duracell batteries.

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Total power is up to 369 horsepower now and the car can travel 18 miles in electric mode thanks to an enlarged 9.4 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. That EV driving range may be short, but it is more than enough for urban dwellers facing restrictions on combustion power in city centers.

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The coupe accelerates to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, while the slightly heavier Roadster needs 4.4 seconds. Both cars are electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph.

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While the coupe continues as a 2+2 with a surprisingly roomy back seat, the Roadster is a pure two seater. 

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Drivers who need to haul passengers frequently might do better to have a look at the all-new BMW M5 sport sedan. BMW announced the official base price of $102,600 for the 600 horsepower, 189-MPH hell-raiser, in case your driving plans call for more people than the i8 Roadster can carry. 

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