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BMW i3 Test Drive by Edmunds

BMW i | July 10th, 2013 by 2

Next to test drive the BMW i3 is Edmunds.com. Here are an excerpt from the review: Punchy Performance “The i3 offers punchy and lively acceleration. …

Next to test drive the BMW i3 is Edmunds.com.

Here are an excerpt from the review:

Punchy Performance
“The i3 offers punchy and lively acceleration. A heady rush of acceleration is unleashed the moment you introduce the smallest degree travel to the throttle. It is delivered seamlessly with just a faint whirring sound from the electric motor and a distant rumble of specially developed low rolling resistance tires.

The benchmark zero-to-62-mph (100km/h) is achieved in a respectable 7.2 seconds. The initial urgency away from the line has as much to do with BMW efforts in keeping weight in check than the electric motor’s 184 lb-ft of torque, which by comparison’s sake is 7 lb-ft more than the turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine used in the Mini Cooper S.

BMW i3 Test Drive by Edmunds

The new BMW i3 is also impressively responsive and sensationally refined at highway speeds, offering enough in-gear shove that you’re never likely to feel exposed when mixing it with other traffic. The silent surge of propulsion you experience on a loaded throttle comes at the expense of range and that initial urgency tends to trail off as speeds rise closer to the limited 93-mph top speed achieved in Comfort and Eco Pro modes.

A defining feature of the i3′s on-road character is its energy recuperation. The setup slows the car quite dramatically the moment you step away from the throttle at lower speeds as the electric motor switches from drive to generator mode. The recuperation is speed-sensitive, though, so it coasts with little drag at typical highway speeds to take advantage of the inertia that has been built up under acceleration. At urban speeds, there’s a strong braking effect for maximum production of kinetic energy.”

  • Michael

    The level of camouflage that was left on the car was so minimal, it makes me wonder why they didn’t just remove it all. Obviously I realize that the production version hasn’t officially debuted but frankly with such minimal disguise there isn’t much that is left to the imagination.

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