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If the thought of racing through the desert in a technologically advanced roadster with the wind rushing through your hair and the sun on your face keeps you going every day, you are going to be thrilled with the 2019 BMW i8 Roadster. This new version of BMW’s athletic plug-in hybrid will be coming to Chapman BMW in Chandler next spring, offering drivers with a healthy budget the chance to let their hair down and blast from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. The main difference between the Roadster and the current i8 is the ability to quickly open and lower the top, taking just 16 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. The top stores neatly away, taking up very little space and leaving the Roadster with clean lines as it cuts through the air.

Lowering Roof Raises Rear Window

If you’ve ever ridden in a convertible, you know that while it’s always fun, it can be a little disconcerting to be buffeted about by the wind. When you put the top down in the new BMW i8 Roadster, the rear window raises up just a couple of inches, guiding the air flow toward the rear of the car and reducing wind turbulence in the cockpit. The driver has the ability to raise or lower the rear window as desired to reduce the wind in the vehicle. The design of the soft top uses lightweight materials, additional soundproofing and innovative technology to ensure everything fits tightly together. Some elements of the infrastructure are created with a 3D printer, ending up in a geometric design that wasn’t possible before using traditional casting methods.

Power to Spare

While there will be times when the gas engine kicks in, particularly upon acceleration, you’ll notice the quiet of the electric motor more than ever when you take the i8 Roadster for a spin. The gas and electric motors combine for a muscular 369 horsepower and electronically limited maximum speed of 155 mph. A new lithium-ion battery pack has 14 more amp-hours than the previous model, allowing the Roadster to travel up to 18 miles in all-electric mode. You don’t need to be worried about being stranded without power as the gas engine kicks in to bring the electric motor back up to optimal levels as needed.

Dare You Not to Say Wow

Take one look at the new i8 Roadster and it will be very difficult not to drop your jaw and say WOW. From the gullwing doors that swing up to the air flap control system, contoured side skirts and brilliant color combinations, this is one sports car that makes people sit up and take notice. Stay in touch with Chapman BMW in Chandler to find out exactly when the new i8 Roadster will be making its first appearance


All Great Things Start With a Vision

It takes great vision for monumental change to occur, whether that’s the dream of a new job, the ambition to move across country or the foresight to completely change the future of personal transportation. BMW engineers had vision when they rewrote the book on how people can interact with electric vehicles. The result is the BMW i, vehicles that provide performance, efficiency, innovation and design as the future of personal transportation continues to evolve. Whether you prefer the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car or the more demure i3 commuter, take the time to visit Chapman BMW and test drive them both.

Construction Goes From Ground Up

By utilizing Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) in much of the foundation for BMW i cars, engineers were able to cut half the weight of steel. CFRP is just as strong as steel, but the lighter weight improved handling, thrust and miles per gallon. The use of CFRP is an industry-first that shows how BMW’s forward thinking will help solve transportation problems in the coming decades. That innovation also works for the chassis and frame in a modern concept known as LifeDrive. By making two separate units, the Drive Module and the Life Module, BMW was able to reduce more weight and increase the range of the hybrid and electric vehicles. Although the vehicles are assembled in a “smart” plant in Germany, the carbon fibers are manufactured in Moses Lake, Washington.

i3 Offers 114-mile Range

The subcompact BMW i3 electric vehicle has a 114-mile range, making it a smart choice for a daily commuter or to maneuver quickly through urban traffic. With 184 pound-feet of torque, the i3 has the get up and go to merge quickly with freeway traffic while still providing a few thrills when you find a nice stretch of curvy road. The LifeDrive module delivers a spacious feeling inside, where you can enjoy the use of upscale materials and a large touchscreen for music, communication and navigation. The eucalyptus dashboard is a breathing entity that darkens as it gets older, providing a nice contrast to the olive tanned leather seats.

i8 Hybrid is Bad to the Bone

If you think all hybrids are nice, polite little cars that are about as thrilling as driving a golf cart, you need to head to Chapman BMW and take the i8 for a test drive. This plug-in hybrid combines an electric motor on the front axle and twin turbo gas engine on the rear axle to deliver 357 horsepower and neck pressing 420 foot pounds of torque. Tromp on the accelerator and try to reign in your smile as you hit 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 155 mph. With all that performance, the i8 still gets a remarkable 76 MPGe, making it the fun, environmentally-friendly vehicle you’ve always been looking for.