BMW i3 with range-extending engine spied showing more metal

2014 BMW i3 with range-extending engine spy photo 10.04.2013
2014 BMW i3 with range-extending engine spy photo 10.04.2013 / Automedia

Confirmed for Frankfurt arrival in September

These are the most revealing spy shots of the BMW i3 with range-extending engine scheduled for a Frankfurt debut in September this year.

We catch a glimpse at the production-ready front and rear lamps as well as the roof. The range-extending engine will be available from day one and will provide the car with a total range of 186 miles (300 km). It is believed the range-extender will be a 2-cylinder gasoline mill borrowed from BMW's motorcycle (Motorrad) division.

Without the range-extender, the BMW i3 can travel between 80 miles (129 km) and 100 miles (161 km) on electric power. The German company said i3 customers will be able to rent a regular BMW for several days a year, but they didn't mention whether this will be free or if there will be some discounts applicable to cure range anxiety.

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out4ride out4ride
Is it shared with toyota tech?
Apr 11th, 2013 1:37am
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WayneAshleySimons WayneAshleySimons
I am fully expecting these to be a sales success with early impressions saying it has Cooper S performance while being rediculously economical. One thing i also notice is the same design trend they used with the current 3 series where the headlamps connect with the BMW grill.
Apr 10th, 2013 6:07pm
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Darkstar Darkstar
"showing more metal". Show me only one piece of metal :D
Apr 10th, 2013 5:41pm
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mechamynd mechamynd
Still i cant see the "Hofmeister kink"
Apr 10th, 2013 5:11pm
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WayneAshleySimons WayneAshleySimons
This is not the BMW range. Its BMW i. Dont be surprised to see BMW designers given more creative freedom with this range of cars. They will have less traditional design elements to implement apart from the BMW kidney grills which is of course the corporate face apart from the badge. I fully expect BMW to create new unique design elements exclusively for their i range of cars.
Apr 10th, 2013 10:31pm
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bavorak bavorak
Fisker has already proven that electric car doesn't necessary have to be extremely ugly...why can't BMW do the same? i8 will certainly be awesome looking but this can't look good in any way. Just keep it camouflaged. It will be better for us.
Apr 10th, 2013 4:34pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
The Fisker Karma and BMW i8 aren't compact hatchbacks, BMW seems to be taking a bit more practical approach with the i3. Maybe the BMW i5 will be set to compete with the Tesla Model S.
Apr 10th, 2013 4:56pm
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WayneAshleySimons WayneAshleySimons
@bavorak: Lol, Fisker doesn't have an i3 competitor and the Karma is not competing with the i3. @CDspeed: It seems common sense is lost on some people.
Apr 10th, 2013 6:03pm
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bavorak bavorak
I was just talking about the looks. Not about competition between those two. Just saying it could have been prettier, because I have a feeling that almost every hybrid or electric car has to be ugly in a strange way. That's all. Besides that I am a big fan of what BMW did here - except for the design of i3.
Apr 10th, 2013 6:44pm
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wbizarre wbizarre
Not that I don't agree, but Fisker is failing right now, because it's just a pretty face. It's cramped, material quality isn't great, the ride isn't great.
Apr 10th, 2013 8:53pm
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WayneAshleySimons WayneAshleySimons
@bavorak: Then you would know that these type of cars are designed with the "function over form" philosophy. BMW has certainly approached the i cars in that way. Seriously, just look at the i3 and you can see their design principles were based on function (the low CD bodyshape) and space (the overal boxy dimensions). They tried to strike a fine balance between the two. Reports of early test drives confirm the interior is very roomy despite its size. Sometimes i think people need to be more observant before criticising. Not necassarily you. I respect your point of view. Its 10 times better than some of the other garbage one has to sift through on this site when it comes to comments. It beats having to read "ugly" all day long, and especially when it comes to models with camo still on them *rolls eyes*
Apr 10th, 2013 10:27pm
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DrMikHead DrMikHead
Fisker is a sportscar!? This one should be a conventional limousine for the city: small and practical! Maybe you can write BMW a letter that next generation of X6 should look like an Enzo... Guess you get the price for the best idea this year! ;-)
Apr 11th, 2013 7:35pm
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