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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...
Feb 27, 2013 9:52 am
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CanOzcivelek
Official spy photos? WTF does that even mean? :D
Feb 27, 2013 3:58 am
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AlikMalix
I thought it was a bit oxymoron, too.
Feb 28, 2013 4:21 am
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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.
Feb 27, 2013 3:52 am
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AlikMalix
Due to regulations, every manufacturer, in order to build a powerful petrol powered car need to offset it with a highly regulated "green" vehicle. Going with an economy engine that has no power is not in BMW's blood. But going with something like a zero-emission while delivering power and style, is! That's why the i-brand. Aston Martin had to build a Sygnet just to get regulators off their back (you really think that automakers love to throw millions into more research because they "care about environment" (like they say on commercials)? These i3 and i8 are a clever way to accomplish that without becoming a toyota, hyandai or kia as a manufacturer.
Feb 28, 2013 4:27 am
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Cohiba-lover06
Yeah, the offset is a good idea. But who is going to BUY that? And what are the numbers?
Feb 28, 2013 6:45 am
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charlemagne
I dunno, Alik... The European diesel versions are quite green and quite economic, so... I can't see your point but yes, it could be possible... I think it's rather a show off kind of attitude: look, we can do it.
Mar 11, 2013 8:17 am
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Cohiba-lover06
No thank you, but i8 already.........
Feb 27, 2013 12:39 am
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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.
Feb 27, 2013 12:37 am
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AlikMalix
...see my post below.
Feb 28, 2013 4:26 am
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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.
Feb 26, 2013 2:35 pm
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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!
Feb 26, 2013 1:39 pm
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memexe
BMW officially spying itself! LOL!
Feb 26, 2013 1:36 pm
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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?
Feb 26, 2013 1:29 pm
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CDspeed
Electric cars are fun to drive, how many have you driven? I've test driven nearly every electric car on the market and found the instant torque to be a lot of fun. But nothing compares to the a Tesla Roadster and Model S, they are as agile, fast and fun as any high powered car from Audi, BMW, or Mercedes-Benz. And while I think the i3 looks excellent, I think the real problem is few manufacturers are building anything but small hatchback electrics. It would be nice to see more variety, but we'll have that soon enough. I'm sure the Rimac One and Mercedes SLS e-Drive have to be the opposite of boring.
Feb 26, 2013 1:53 pm
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hunker7
came out wrong, I meant 'I THINK' they are not fun, how can something without engine sound be fun? You want mechanics working, don't you? It is the whole point of having a car.
Feb 26, 2013 1:59 pm
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CDspeed
@ Hunker7 Ok, but sound isn't everything when you step on the accelerator in a Tesla Model S for example it's more about how it feels. It feels like a seamless surge of power, it's really exciting I've driven cars that pin you to your seat but a powerful electric car feels like your going to be pulled through the seat. Trust me 100% torque at 0 rpm is intensely fun, and if it's noise you want I doubt they're going to stop making the M3.
Feb 26, 2013 2:38 pm
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Cohiba-lover06
Renault "Twizzy"? Driven at a dealer presentation in late fall on a trip to Europe! 5 thumbs down.
Feb 27, 2013 12:41 am
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