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2017 LA AUTO SHOW BMW

- By Lee Bailie // Photograph­y by Lee Bailie and Nissan Canada

The Munich-based company staged a lengthy press conference that included several North American reveals, along with one world premiere. We're going to focus on two of those here. First up is the 2018 M3 CS (bottom), a low-volume special-edition variant of the M3 sports sedan. The M3 CS makes extensive use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the chassis to help bring the weight in at 25 percent less than the standard M3. The powerplant is a M Twinpower Turbo 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine that produces 453 horsepower and 443 lb-ft. of torque. The M3 CS is a very quick car with a 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top track speed of 280 km/h. Canadian allocation and pricing hasn't yet been revealed, but if you're interested you'd better contact your BMW retailer soon because they won't last long. Ordering is set to begin in the spring.

The second big unveiling was the world premiere of the 2019 i8 roadster (top), the first ever droptop version of BMW'S hybrid supercar. Like the coupe, the roadster is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor and an 9.4 kwh lithium-ion battery. Total power output is rated at 369 horsepower that can launch the allwheel drive i8 roadster to 100 km/h from rest in just 4.6 seconds. The i8 roadster features extensive use of CFRP and aluminum in its chassis and body panels which helps it check in at a rather trim 1,595 kg. The launch of the roadster, along with the refreshed 2019 i8 coupe, is slated for spring. BMW Canada has indicated pricing will be announced closer to on-sale.

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