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BMW i3 spied almost undisguised

 BMW i3 spied almost undisguised
BMW i3 spy photo 05.07.2013 / S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Debuts on July 29

Our spies captured the BMW i3 testing without most of its camouflage, prior to a full reveal scheduled for July 29.

The two prototypes were spotted somewhere in Southern Germany while undergoing some last-minute testing. Closely mirroring the concept's looks, the production version will certainly be an interesting appearance on public roads once it hits the market later this year.

Upon closer inspection, we detected the side window line is disguised as a straight line, but once the car will lose all its camo it will reveal the side windows of the rear doors will actually be lower than the ones of the front doors. We assume the silver car is the pure electric model while the bronze one is the range-extending version since it has two caps. The two variants can also be distinguished by their different alloy wheels.

The EV is expected to come with a rear-mounted electric motor producing 170 bhp (127 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm). It should provide a range between 88 miles (130 km) and 99 miles (160 km). The range-extending model is said to make use of a two-cylinder, 0.65-liter motorcycle engine acting as a generator. In this configuration range should be of around 186 miles (300 km).

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Comments (33)

 DocBones DocBones
This is a short range city car great for parking and visibility. Why are you all acting like it should look like more than it is? All these type cars look roughly the same little cute stubby shape. This car goes with Smart, prius, etc. Not 3 or 5 series. Not to mention this is a sub brand, a way to navigate and experiment with new tech that will translate to big brother down the road. Keep it in context.
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July 6, 2013 11:53 am
 RomanKadler RomanKadler
Sorry BMW but this looks like a plastic toy, I would never buy such a thing (especially not for the money it will cost). I like the concept of looking different than other cars, but this just doesn't look good.
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July 5, 2013 11:25 am
 Giom Giom
I'm always fascinated at the amount of negative comments any new product receive. Specially new BMW models. Then, ten years later, when that model has been a huge success, everybody has forgotten about the initial hype. Just saying...
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July 5, 2013 9:13 am
 CDspeed CDspeed
These photos are excellent, who ever took these is a very talented photographer. I like the looks of this car, I'm sure some readers will disrespect my opinion because it's not the same as theirs, but I think it's going to be a very cool high tech hatchback. And like most BMWs it will be a blast to drive.
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July 5, 2013 9:08 am
 Gile Gile
I think those are Mazda RX8-like doors and I don't find them appropriate for i3. RX8 is primarily a sports car and it can sacrifice it's practicality, whereas i3 as as small city car should be all about practicality in a compact package. Plus it's efficiency.
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July 5, 2013 8:29 am
 mechamynd mechamynd
wow, those are narrow wheels
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July 5, 2013 7:55 am
 hajimekishi hajimekishi
apparently bmw hasn't learned much from the bangle fuss.
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July 5, 2013 6:53 am
 velsatis velsatis
Also, bmw is an an atractive brand but not for any of the reasons this car is, this is a disrespect to the brands core image...
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July 5, 2013 6:51 am
 velsatis velsatis
Ugly as hell, a shape that doesn't work, a ridiculously small range, this better be cheap otherwise I see lots of "special editions" and fast facelifts to boost the sells department. Honestly I predict bmw to lose money on this.....we shall see
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July 5, 2013 6:49 am
 pzigly pzigly
I know they are small for fuel consumption, but really with those tires? I think my mountain bike has wider tires than that. Motorcycles have wider wires than that for sure.
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July 5, 2013 6:47 am
 f1fan2009 f1fan2009
Looks like a Audi A2 rip off
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July 5, 2013 5:20 am
 Cale24 Cale24
More odd than interesting from a design point of view imo.
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July 5, 2013 5:12 am