BMW has updated its popular i3 and introduced an extra model, the i3s. It has a higher output, model-specific chassis technology, more dynamic driving qualities and design features all of its own, adding to the top-selling in its class, not just in Europe but worldwide.
Both models draw their energy from the lithium-ion high-voltage battery developed by BMW with a capacity of 94 ampere hours (Ah) or 33 kilowatt hours (kWh). A range extender engine can be ordered as an option for both the new BMW i3 and the new BMW i3s.
Key features include:
- All-LED headlights as standard
- Two new colours: Imperial Blue and Melbourne Red
- New ASC system
- Dynamic Traction Control
- Sport driving mode
- Adapted sport steering
- Wider rear track
- 20in rims and wider tyres
- Sports suspension lowered by 10mm
- 10.25-inch high-resolution dashboard screen with tile-style control pads, customisable live content and new functions, including Natural Language Understanding, Digital Charging Service, On-Street Parking Information and Apple CarPlay.
0-100km/h (62mph) 7.3 seconds
Top speed 150km/h (93mph)
Max range of 290 to 300 kilometres (180-186 miles)
0-100km/h (62mph) 6.9 seconds
Top speed 160km/h (99mph)
Max range 280km (174 miles)
A 28 kW/38hp two-cylinder range extender petrol engine is available as an option for both the new BMW i3 and the new BMW i3s. The engine drives a generator that produces power as required while driving to maintain a constant level of charge in the high-voltage battery. This extends the car’s overall range in everyday use by 150 kilometres (93 miles), to a maximum of 330 kilometres (205 miles).