BMW has given the complete lowdown on the its all-electric i3 runaround, including details, specs and pictures. Two versions of the i3 are available, the standard i3 and i3 Range Extender. Both versions use a 125kw electric motor that outputs 170bhp and 250Nm of torque, but the latter also includes a 650cc 34bhp two-cylinder, four-stroke petrol engine that churns out a measly 13g/km of CO2 emissions.
A 22kWh lithium-ion battery provides the standard i3 with a range of 80 to 100 miles, while the Range Extender can manage 160 to 186 miles on a full charge and with a full tank of fuel ─ depending on how efficiently you drive, of course.
Electric motors provide instant grunt the moment you touch the pedal so the i3 is relatively speedy. It will hit 0 to 62mph in 7.2 seconds (7.9 seconds for the heavier Range Extender model) and then push on to a top speed of 93mph.
Part of the performance comes from the weight, or rather, the lack of. A carbon fibre body helps the i3 tip the scales at a mere 1,195kg. A far cry from the 1,567kg Nissan Leaf.
The BMW i3 has a number of driving modes. Comfort is the fastest (no sport mode here), Eco Pro offers an extra 12 miles of range in return for softer responsiveness and Eco Pro+ softens the power delivery even further in order to coax another 12 miles of range from the battery.
Four trim levels are available – Standard, Loft, Lodge and Suite – with each one offering a different look and feel.
The BMW i3 will set you back £25,680 on the road, while the i3 Range Extender will cost £28,830. All models include a three-year, unlimited mileage vehicle warranty and an eight-year, 100,000 mile battery warranty. There’s also the option of leasing, with a three-year contract starting at £369 a month.
Head on over to the BMW website to register your interest if the space-age i3 floats your boat. Alternatively, wait patiently and our review of the car will let you know whether you should buy one or not.
BMW i3 pictures