BMW i3 vs Suzuki Swift – Track Battle

BMW i | November 12th, 2014 by 6
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How does the tech-fest electric BMW i3 fare against a traditional hot hatch in the form of the Suzuki Swift? AutoExpress UK takes the two …

How does the tech-fest electric BMW i3 fare against a traditional hot hatch in the form of the Suzuki Swift? AutoExpress UK takes the two cars to the track for a proper battle.

Suzuki Swift Sport is powered by a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine producing 136 hp and 160 Nm torque. It uses a high performance CVT transmission with 7-speed manual mode.

At 3,890mm (153.15 inches), the car is slightly shorter than the BMW i3 – 3,999 mm (157.4 in).

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The BMW i3 is the first of the BMW i vehicles constructed from the ground up primarily of carbon fiber to enter the U.S. market. With 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, the fully electric BMW i3 is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving.

The BMW i3 has a base MSRP of $41,350 and the range-extender model has a starting MSRP of $45,200.

Let’s have a look.

6 responses to “BMW i3 vs Suzuki Swift – Track Battle”

  1. Fun says:

    Fun video! Impressive driving skills, talking so composed, calmly with good prose while hauling ass around the track.

    I’ve heard people complain about the inability to disable traction control completely on the i3. How much of a difference would that actually make around the track?

  2. Andrewthecarguy says:

    Awesome video!

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  5. Citytea says:

    Hmm – a speed-comparison with only 4 miles of battery-capacity left at the i3? This should only be good for about 75 kw power left to use at the electric engine. So you did not have the possible full power in use at this comparison! As I know from my own i3, full power of 170 hp is only available at least over 1/3 of battery-capacity left. If you are above 2/3 (and the battery has a proper temperature between 20 and 40°C), you even get a short piece of extra power with 145 kw (what means nearly 200 hp) , when kicking down between 50 and 70 km/h! As well it can be possible though, that the power will be reduced a bit after several hard accelerations and speedups and recuperations. An electric car just acts a bit different… Except that, the BEV-version (only electric without range-extender) speeds up a little better, though I suggest to use the broader back-tires of the REX-version as well at the BEV.

    The traction-control was disabled at this ride, btw. Can see this at the display at the video. What you can not disable, is the stability system…

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