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BMW i3 with range-extending engine spied showing more metal

 BMW i3 with range-extending engine spied showing more metal
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?
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April 10, 2013 6:37 pm
 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.
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April 10, 2013 11:07 am
 Darkstar Darkstar
"showing more metal". Show me only one piece of metal :D
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April 10, 2013 10:41 am
 mechamynd mechamynd
Still i cant see the "Hofmeister kink"
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April 10, 2013 10:11 am
 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.
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April 10, 2013 9:34 am