2014 BMW i3 Makes Official Debut

By - July 29th, 2013

2014 BMW i3 Makes Official Debut

This is it. You’re looking at the plug-in electric that BMW drivers have been waiting for, making its debut this morning. The final result is actually exactly what we thought it would look like - thanks to plenty of preview shots, including our own - which is an eye-catching design with tons of technology packed inside the cabin and under the hood. The i3 is the first of its kind from the German automaker’s sub-brand, which is aimed at city-dwellers looking for an environmentally-friendly way to get their errands done. The frame is actually called the Life Module, a pillar-less cabin that is the first mass-produced carbon fiber-reinforced plastic shell of its kind in the auto industry, which helps the car to weigh in at a surprising 2,700 pounds. The i3 is motivated by BMW’s Drive Module, a 22-kilowatt, 450-pound lithium ion battery mounted centrally, sending power to the rear-mounted electric motor, but a 650cc gas powered engine range extender is available if you want it. With 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the i3 claims a surprising 0-60mph time of 7 seconds, a top speed of 93mph, and a range of 80-100 miles. Inside, a cloth/leather combo looks comfortably luxurious with plenty of info-tainment upgrades to keep you and the passengers happy, informed, and busy. Set for a second quarter 2014 release and a starting price of $41,350, do you think you’ll buy one? See more after the click.

2014 BMW i3 Makes Official Debut

2014 BMW i3 Makes Official Debut

2014 BMW i3 Makes Official Debut

2014 BMW i3 Makes Official Debut

2014 BMW i3 Makes Official Debut

2014 BMW i3 Makes Official Debut

2014 BMW i3 Makes Official Debut

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