Under the title, “It won’t ever happen”, here is a rendering of the most improbable BMW model to date: BMW i3 M.
The folks over at TopSpeed decided to photoshop the all-new BMW i3 with a futuristic M treatment. While the rendering is quite intriguing and arguably good looking, a BMW i3 M is without a doubt not on BMW’s plans for the future. The new i3 was designed as the megacity electric vehicle of the future, one car that focuses on efficiency and zero emission before performance.
The BMW i3 features a large number of technological innovations – such as a carbon-fiber passenger cell and a chassis made of aluminum – and sets new standards in the field of lightweight construction. With a curb weight of 1,195 kilograms, it is lighter than most vehicles in the compact segment, yet offers significantly more space for up to four occupants.
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. Even the top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons.
The other “i” model that won’t get the M treatment is the 2014 BMW i8. While the progressive hybrid sportscar does well on track (see our review here), the i8 was not built with high-performance in mind either, but rather with the perfect balance between driving dynamics and efficient dynamics.
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