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BMW releases official spy photos of the i3

 BMW releases official spy photos of the i3
BMW i3 official spy photo 26.2.2013

Delivers Sheer Electric Driving Pleasure

BMW has decided to give our spy photographers a break as they have released several new pictures of an i3 prototype undergoing cold weather testing.

The company didn't have much to say about the model but confirmed it recently completed an endurance test near the Arctic Circle. BMW went on to say the test was successful and the i3 delivered "Sheer Electric Driving Pleasure."

As we have previously reported, the i3 concept featured an electric motor with 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. It enabled the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, hit a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) and travel 130-160 km (80-100 miles) on a single charge.

To appease those with range anxiety, BMW will offer an i3 REx with a range-extending engine. It will reportedly use a two-cylinder motorcycle engine to allow the model to travel up to 186 miles (300 km) between fill-ups or recharging stations.

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Comments (18)

 Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
Electric cars might be still fun to drive, but they will never be as much fun as a proper petrol engine, with a great sound, being thrashed... Like sex, is still fun in silence, but much better with sound...
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February 27, 2013 9:52 am
 CanOzcivelek CanOzcivelek
Official spy photos? WTF does that even mean? :D
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February 27, 2013 3:58 am
 charlemagne charlemagne
Every now and then, every major car manufacturer come up with a really bad idea. This e-sh!t thing is the worst they could come up with. I don't care - here only - about the way they look (bad, imo). I care about what this electric s... can offer: not too much actually. I dunno you guys but I'm driving like 80 km / 50 mi a day. Sometimes even more. I can't imagine myself waiting for the damn thing to charge every time I need it right the way. Besides, it's too small and ridiculous heavy - and even worst, it has an awful energy density... that means, a tank of fuel will give you a few times more energy compared to the batteries, when it weight only a fraction of those batteries mass. That means I can go further and I can carry more on fuel compared to the battery. Not the last thing, e-cars are way too expensive. You have to maintain the car and because of the batteries and all the stuff they come with - you have to pay a lot. The battery disposal, for instance: you have to pay for it real money. Being a lithium battery you have to maintain it at least 20% charged all the time. That means, you actually travel about 80% of its range, or if not, you could be in trouble. So no, not for me - at least not for now. Electric cars are ok IF they find a sustainable - and cheap - way to produce the energy on board.
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February 27, 2013 3:52 am
 Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
No thank you, but i8 already.........
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February 27, 2013 12:39 am
 Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Hey, BMW! Here`s another "i" for you: " iDon`t". (buy that is). There was once a product from your famed company with an "i" in the moniker that I couldn`t wait to get my hands on. It was called the 2002tii(!). Now THAT was a fun car! The i3 is step in the wrong PC direction. Like that scooter with a roof, that you sold a decade ago to accounting clerks only.
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February 27, 2013 12:37 am
 mtlf1 mtlf1
just to give you and idea, a mini cooper s produces 177 lb-ft of torque and is an agressive and exciting hatch to drive. Bmw claims the i3 will produce 184 lb-ft of electric torque..this car will most definately be exciting to drive in my opinion.
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February 26, 2013 2:35 pm
 eddie eddie
BMW always leads the way! Of course, Tesla/Toyota are also doing it to. I am so looking for this type of future. I am so tired of tune ups, oil changes and $4000 fuel bills!
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February 26, 2013 1:39 pm
 memexe memexe
BMW officially spying itself! LOL!
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February 26, 2013 1:36 pm
 hunker7 hunker7
There is no fun in driving electric car, sorry. And it will be one ugly thing.. Why can't electric cars be nice looking?
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February 26, 2013 1:29 pm