BMW i sub-brand is the center of things at the BMW stand at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. Along with the BMW i8 world debut scheduled for tomorrow, the BMW i3 electric vehicle takes the stage as well.
To impress its visitors, as well as the press and potential customers, BMW has setup a suspended track which is 280 meters long and runs parallel to the main visitor area. Two cars can run in parallel if needed, nearly 50cm away from each other. BMW is offering i3 rides on the track and they have proven to be quite fun.
To show how serious the company is about their “i” cars, an entire fleet of BMW i3 models are being displayed, showing the premium electric vehicle in all the possible color combinations.
The BMW i3 is available in Ionic Silver, Arravani Grey, Laurel Grey, Andesite Silver, Solar Orange and Capparis White.
The car’s electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton metres, which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons.
The BMW i3 will go on sale in the US market in the second quarter of 2014, and starts with a base MSRP of $41,350, before any federal or state incentives, and before Destination & Handling fee (currently $925).
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