BMW i3 Shadow Sport Now Even Less Sporty As Sport Suspension Is Deemed Non-Compliant In U.S.


The limited edition (only 50 units offered) BMW i3 Shadow Sport sold out within one hour of being offered by BMW, but now it seems the “Sport” part of the equation will disappear from the Shadow Sport when it arrives in the U.S.

As Bimmerfest reports, via a dealership memo that’s to be passed along to Shadow Sport buyers:

Please note that there is a specification adjustment to the BMW i3 Shadow Sport Limited Edition.

The sport suspension is no longer included in the build of the vehicle due to an adjustment of ride height that is outside of certification requirements.

In order to compensate for the exclusion of the sport suspension, the MSRP of the vehicle will be reduced by $1,000, resulting in a final MSRP of $46,400. A spec panel has been attached to this email with the revised information and pricing.

Please confirm that this is acceptable to your customer.

At least there’s a price cut associated with the removal of the sport-tuned suspension part of the package, but now how can this version be called “Sport?” How ’bout we just call it the BMW i3 Shadow Limited Edition now.

BMW i3 Shadow Sport Specs - Now Minus Lowering Springs

BMW i3 Shadow Sport Specs – Now Minus Lowering Springs

Source: Bimmerfest

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A shadow of its former self.

I wonder what “certification requirements” they are referring to?

I don’t know for sure, but I’m betting the lower height fails 49 CFR Part 581 standard for bumpers, because it probably would lower the front bumper below the “16 to 20 inches above the road surface” standard.

I could be wrong. This is just an educated guess.

49 CFR Part 581, “The bumper standard,” prescribes performance requirements for passenger cars in low-speed front and rear collisions. It applies to front and rear bumpers on passenger cars to prevent the damage to the car body and safety related equipment at barrier impact speeds of 2� mph across the full width and 1� mph on the corners.

This is equivalent to a 5 mph crash into a parked vehicle of the same weight. The standard requires protection in the region 16 to 20 inches above the road surface, and the manufacturer can provide the protection by any means it wants. For example, some vehicles do not have a solid bumper across the vehicle, but meet the standard by strategically placed bumper guards and corner guards.

Those Americans, and their regulations. -the desired takeaway? I remember this happening with the “Euro” 911’s, in the 80’s. Porsche wanted to sell them, and developed a separate U.S. vs. ROW (rest of world) spec. Maybe that doesn’t work, in low volume.

I’d take wider rims, meant for >155mm tires, over lowering springs, anyway.

You don’t need to lower the ride for sport suspension. There are variable rate springs available which would be a good option.

bumper height regulations save people thousands of dollars/euros per repair. glad we have em.

Maybe the different ride height would have required separate crash certification or something. You could always go aftermarket springs if you really wanted to change the suspension.

BMW would just sell the dampers/springs as a motorsposts part.

BMW Motorsports parts would really be the only option, because that is the only way they could offer non-DOT compliant parts, like springs that are too low to meet compliance.

BMW states that parts like that are not for road use:

Some motorsport/racing/off-road parts may not be available in the US and may not be approved for all racing series or class. All parts are intended for use on approved motorsport/racing/off-road series BMW vehicles ONLY. The parts are Not Dot-approved, homologated or street legal and may adversely affect the original manufacturer’s limited warranty on the vehicle. Installation of motorsport/racing/off-road parts on a vehicle may render it non-street legal. Suspension parts (including but not limited to struts, shock absorbers and springs) must be used together as a system and should not be partially installed or combined with any other components from BMW or other manufacturers. Purchasers of motorsport/racing/off-road parts will be required to sign a disclaimer, waiver and release.

Nobody is concerned over bumper height laws? Aftermarket alterations to pickup truck ride heights scare me, because some are so high they will hit my Prius in the windows, top of the hood or rear window wiper. I wouldn’t want a lowered car in the land of jacked up pickups.

The irony here being that many folks feel the current suspension is non-“compliant” (i.e. a little too rocky).

If I could like Chris’s comment here I would

u know that sum of these trucks ( LIFTED ) have bumpers that are very high. ive seen some the height of my mirrors. tell the govt agency that people are intimadated by these idiots driving these beasts.

Hey BMW! Your compliance people need to get fired. You failed in skirting laws in California regarding your EREV having a small gas tank, crippling the US model i3. Now your compliance people missed the US laws about bumper height? Seriously. Fire these people.