FirstDrive: BMW i3 – Intro


Intro
Looks / Practicality
Engine / Performance
Driving / NVH
Range
Verdict

Time to go AC/DC…

Electric Vehicles, or ‘EV’s’, have been around with us for a while now and with the range of models increasing – from the bizarre, windowless Renault Twizy (no thanks), to the highly desirable Tesla Model S (yes please), the BMW i3 is now a part of that group. The i3 is the first series of battery-powered models by BMW’s ‘i’ division and is available either as a pure electric car, or as a Range-Extender with a tiny 2-cylinder bike engine. We’ve got ourselves the Range-Extender.

Since this was our first run in an electric car, we went for the i3 to see if a car that was designed to be electric in the first place would make for a better case than retrofitting the electric running gear into a traditional internal combustion car.

Will it make for a more novel and convincing case for the electric car?


Spec: Range Extender
Engine: E-motor: 168bhp, 184lb ft (@ 0rpm). Range Extender: 647cc 2-cylinder with integrated generator, 36bhp ( @ 4500rpm), 40ft lb ( @ 4800rpm)
Transmission: Single Speed
Mpg: Official: 470.8mpg 
Performance: 0-62mph: 7.9 Secs, 93mph
Colour: Andesit Silver
Options - 19" BMW i Turbine-spoke style 429 alloy wheels, Interior world: Suite (Velour mats, Leather seats, Multifunction steering wheel), Media Package - BMW Professional (Traffic Info, Sat Nav and Concierge Service), Park Assist Package (Park Assist, PDC sensors, reverse camera).

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