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Re: Official BMW I3, I8 / megacity EV thread

Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:35 am

I liked the video of the snow testing, it really shows how the car looks.. hopefully the production models will be toned down from the concepts.. way down!

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Re: Official BMW I3, I8 / megacity EV thread

Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:42 am

And yet, with just two of us we rarely ever even use the back seat. Four is the most we will ever have on-board, so for us it is perfect.

Boomer23 wrote:I just noticed in the text from the NYT article that the i3 is a four seater. That gives me some pause, along with evnow's comments about the size of the car. More like a Mitsubishi i, than a LEAF, I guess.
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Two new models possible in BMW's i line

Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:22 pm

BMW is dropping early hints at an i4 and and i5 for late in this decade. The i4 may be a two seat coupe based on the i3, while the i5 may be a family sedan based on the i8.

Okay, color me interested.

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Re: Two new models possible in BMW's i line

Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:56 pm

Boomer23 wrote:BMW is dropping early hints at an i4 and and i5 for late in this decade. The i4 may be a two seat coupe based on the i3, while the i5 may be a family sedan based on the i8.

Okay, color me interested.

Late in this decade I expect multiple cars from multiple auto majors. I just hope we will all have well paying jobs ... and the stock market has stopped tanking ;)
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Re: Official BMW I3, I8 / megacity EV thread

Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:00 am

BMW posted a new video of the i3 and i8 concepts on their Facebook page. It includes some closeups:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php ... 2558148998

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Re: Official BMW I3, I8 / megacity EV thread

Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:06 am

Photo gallery link at story below.

Anyone heard anything more about the EREV setup?

A prototype of the upcoming BMW i3 hatchback was spied wearing its production-ready body, while being transferred on a truck in Europe.

Fans of the roundel had the opportunity to see what the Bavarian company's foray into the electric car segment will look like when it hits the market in 2013 with the i3 concept model, which is currently on display at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Not surprisingly, the prototype seen here suggests that the production version will have a slightly more conventional appearance. The shape of the roof remains as do the suicide-style rear doors but it looks like they will be much smaller in length than on the concept with the front doors featuring a handle, something that leads us to believe BMW may follow a similar solution as the one used on the MINI Clubman.

This particular test car also wore "Hybrid Test Vehicle" stickers on the front doors, which points to the REx model. For those of you with a short memory, BMW plans to launch two editions of the i3.

The standard model will be a plug-in EV only fitted with an electric motor that resides at the back driving the rear wheels. On the concept model, the battery-powered motor is rated at 170-horses (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb.ft) with the lithium-ion batteries offering a cruising range of around 120km to 160km (80-100 miles).

The second model of the series will be the i3 REx that adds a small displacement petrol engine to the mix. While there have been rumors about a two-cylinder unit sourced from BMW's motorcycle division, the company is mum on official details. What we do know is that the internal combustion engine will charge the batteries and thus significantly extend the driving range.

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Re: Official BMW I3, I8 / megacity EV thread

Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:42 pm

If it comes with the iDrive, then there is no question about it. We have a winner! :roll:
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Re: Official BMW I3, I8 / megacity EV thread

Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:20 am

Looks like another vapor car to me. Have they said anything about production and delivery dates?
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Re: Official BMW I3, I8 / megacity EV thread

Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:49 am

LTLFTcomposite wrote:Looks like another vapor car to me. Have they said anything about production and delivery dates?

Sep-2013.

The new carbon fiber plant they have already started operating in eastern WA doesn't look anything like vapor to me.

You should checkout Tom's blog about i3.

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Re: Official BMW I3, I8 / megacity EV thread

Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:31 am

evnow wrote:
LTLFTcomposite wrote:Looks like another vapor car to me. Have they said anything about production and delivery dates?

Sep-2013.

The new carbon fiber plant they have already started operating in eastern WA doesn't look anything like vapor to me.

You should checkout Tom's blog about i3.

http://minie250.blogspot.com/2011/11/bm ... eview.html

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