BMWBLOG’s Shawn Molnar goes to Amsterdam to test drive the all-new BMW i3.
The BMW i3 will be available to customers in Germany in November 2013 and will go on sale in the United States in March 2014. BMW USA will start taking pre-orders next month. Over 8,000 customers have reserved a BMW i3 which sells in the U.S. for $41,350, before any tax reductions. The i3 will go on sale in Germany for 34,950 euros ($47,440) on Nov. 16, followed by the U.S., China and Japan in the first half of next year. The U.S. market will receive the BMW i3 in early 2014. The BMW i3 with range extender option starts at $45,200.
The BMW i3 features a large number of technological innovations – such as a carbon-fibre 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 meters, 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.
Here is our video review:
Review: Shawn Molnar | Editing: Chuck Vossler