At this year’s Pebble Beach car event, BMW hosted the unveil of several models at their villa. While the BMW i8 had only private viewings scheduled, the new BMW i3 was out in the open for any guests to admire or listen to.

At launch time, the BMW i3 will be available in Ionic Silver, Arravani Grey, Laurel Grey, Andesite Silver, Solar Orange and Capparis White. The model spotted at Pebble Beach is the Arravani Grey.

With a curb weight of 1,195 kilograms, the BMW i3 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. 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).