BMW i3 range extender first drive Review Autocar

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BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

BMW i3 range extender first review

What is it?

Nearly all car will, by now, be familiar the radical BMW i3. Announced as the ‘Mega Vehicle’ just over years ago, the electrically production version is finally on in the UK.

Based on a separate aluminium topped with a carbonfibre plastic bodyshell, the i3’s wheels are driven by a rear-mounted motor, good for a peak output of 167bhp and 184lb ft of from standstill.

This is the i3 Range Extender, which a two-cylinder petrol engine/generator to act as up to the 18.8kWh lithium-ion battery. The 647cc engine — from a BMW scooter — is in Korea to BMW’s specifications and 36bhp and 40lb ft of torque at 4500rpm, which seems to be the that the engine is programmed to run at it is called into use.

Described as being ‘sealed in a under the rear boot (although it sits alongside the motor), the petrol engine already meets strict EU6 regulations) cannot mechanically by driving the rear wheels. is in contrast to the Chevrolet Volt, range-extender engine can actually on’ to the transmission.

The i3’s tiny gets an equally tiny fuel tank and what one BMW told me was a “real-world economy of 40 and 50mpg” when driving the i3 on the engine alone. Officially, car is rated at 470.8mpg.

On paper, are downsides with the addition of the engine. Weight rises the 1195kg of the pure EV i3 to 1315kg. very slightly blunts with this version of the i3 its 0-62mph sprint time from 7.2sec to 7.9sec, the crucial urban 0-37mph is eased back from 3.7 to

What is it like?

Despite unlike any previous BMW production the i3 has plenty of this brand’s characteristics. The i3 has beautifully weighted a first rate drivetrain, open road performance and assured handling for a short, car.

The styling is either alarmingly or just plain over-done, on your point of view; but I few people will have a with the interior. The cabin is modern: the huge view the undeniable effectiveness of the twin-screen and the journey-enhancing airiness for front passengers. Top marks, also, for the detailing and logic of the switchgear.

In traffic, the i3 has remarkable off-the-line and can be positioned with a directness leaves most other stumbling. The driver can exploit in the traffic flow with a of reaction than even the Leaf can’t match; and the semi-high-rise driving position is a particular advantage in town, as is the turning circle — beaten only by a London Cab.

It is also surprising how well the i3 with the cratered streets of on this test drive, taughtly sprung and yet not crashing broken surfaces. BMW’s teams now carry out testing in the UK and it is paying off.

On quicker the i3 has a very impressive pace full acceleration. Long are demolished in fine style, a seamless stream of torque the combination of an electric motor and a transmission). The i3 also has remarkable as a series of driving exercises at Hatch prove.

Sharp changes and even a stretch of circuit in the pouring rain to ruffle the i3, even though it has tyres at the front and 175/70s at the

On the return leg to central London, the extender activates, allowing it to cut in and out as by the conditions. It is just about to hear it running – the sound is of a distant thrum – and then only because the cabin of the i3 is so quiet. The i3 also has pre-set of regenerative braking.


BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

It’s quite an aggressive that slows the car quickly the driver lifts off the accelerator.

In of low-pollution fossil fuel the use of this small petrol is a masterstroke with, for example, of unpleasant NoX gas at just 0.0009 You have to wonder whether the created by the i3’s range is ‘greener’ than what the power station can manage. a full battery and fuel of fuel, BMW predicts a real-world of between 150 and 186 miles and claims CO2 of 13g/km.

There are downsides to the i3. the price (although the standard in ‘Standard’ trim is pretty the main one is probably the restricted in the back (and tight and the fact that the rear doors cannot be opened the front door being first. Many will this problematic on the school The tiny fuel tank that long journeys mean refueling as often as 80 miles.

Otherwise front seats are rather flat and need considering the i3’s handling

Should I buy one?

Buying a car this is a very individual Assuming you have the ability to the i3, there’s no doubt it is the sharpest quickest and most premium-feeling EV on the if not the most capacious or family

The addition of the tiny range is a masterstroke (although it adds to the price), although the tiny tank a serious frustration. so, despite being different in possible way, the i3 is recognisably a BMW.

BMW i3 range extender Standard

£33,830 (before £5000 grant); Top speed 93mph; 7.9sec; Economy 470.8mpg CO2 13g/km; Engine 2 cyls 647cc, petrol with generator; Power 36bhp at Torque 40lb ft at 4800rpm; motor power 167bhp Torque 184lb ft from Gearbox single speed

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

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