Back in January, Herbert Diess, BMW’s Head of R&D, said that the i3 will be offered with a two-cylinder motorcycle engine and a generator to extend its range.
The extended range package will be offered as an option to the standard electric drivetrain which has a range of 60 to 90 miles on a single charge. The two-cylinder engine comes from the Motorrad Division and will extended the driving range to 250 miles on a tank of gasoline.
The latest spy photos from the test center in Arjeplog are showing a prototype i3 REx while refueling at a gas station. The nine liter fuel tank is placed on the front fender.
Furthermore, the spy shots reveal side mirrors with integrated signal indicators, as well as special wheels with tires size 155/70 R19 a the front. In the back, 175 mm wide tires are used.
In a recent press conference, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, BMW CEO, said that several hundreds of advanced orders were placed for the i3 and the first pre-production i3s rolled off the assembly line in Leipzig.
No pricing has been made available but we anticipate a base price in the U.S. between $40,000 and $45,000.