BMW i3 | New images of the electric premium

BMW has issued an unprecedented and extensive photo gallery of the newly formed BMW i3, the first electric car of the House available at a base price of 36,499 Euros. The i3 is a momentous step for the Bavarian brand that enters by force in the zero emission car segment, offering – for the first time in the international automotive scene, a compact car for premium customers with electric traction. The original forms of this BMW deviate completely from the stylistic canons of the German brand. It is little to emphasize that this is absolutely not a BMW so-called normal, but also to better adapt to the technical and technological characteristics of the car. Although the car is 3,999 meters long, 1.775 meters wide and has a wheelbase of 2.57 meters, not to mention the presence of the bulky lithium-ion battery, the i3 weighs only 1,195 kg thanks to the use of lightweight materials used in car components such as the futuristic LifeDrive architecture which combines an aluminum frame to the passenger cell made ​​of carbon fiber reinforced plastic able to offer the best balance between weight, stiffness and torsional dedicated security to its occupants.

BMW i3 side

BMW i3 side

BMW i3 face

BMW i3 face

The interior has been designed to comfortably accommodate four adults and their accompanying baggage stowed in a compartment of 260 liters, expandable to 1,100 liters. However, what is most surprising about this car is the mechanical part which is equipped with an electric unit capable of developing 170 hp and 250 Nm of torque, controlled by an automatic transmission with only one report. With these numbers and an extremely low mass, the car proves to be more than brilliant thanks to an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 7.2 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 150 km / h. Also the dynamics of the car are extremely reactive thanks to a weight distribution which is ideal with a ratio of 50:50 and the aforementioned excellent structural rigidity.

BMW i3 front

BMW i3 front

BMW i3 rear

BMW i3 rear

The pack of 22 kwh lithium batteries can be recharged in just three hours with a standard 220 volt outlet and allows a range of about 160 km of operation, while the device with Fast Charging can charge the batteries by 80% in just 20 minutes or 100% in half hour. Those who want greater autonomy can instead opt for the version of range extender available at a price of 41.137 € powered by a 650 cc motorcycle and 34 HP, able to recharge the batteries when you are on the move, allowing a range of operation of just over 300 km. The only cons of this latest version, in addition to the higher price, concern the slight decrease in performance due to weight gain and summarized in acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.9 seconds.

BMW i3 dashboard

BMW i3 dashboard

BMW i3 interior

BMW i3 interior

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