BMW Puts Together Presentation Video On i3 Coupe

DEC 17 2012 BY STAFF 8

BMW says that the new i3 Concept Coupé is a “study for sustainable premium-class motoring with zero local emissions.”  We would suggest that the amount of finish and work promoting the 3-door car by BMW makes it a likely candidate to make the jump from concept to production after the standard 5-door goes into production late next year.

Rear "Lounging" Area Of The BMW i3 Coupe (that does not look particularly inviting to us)

Against the production i3, the Coupe Concept has restyled doors, a new rear end, and a tweaked front fascia that gives it a more aggressive look.

Inside, the dash still sports a more “concept” new-futuristic design, and the rear features a “lounge-like” atmosphere.

The BMW i3 Coupe Concept is powered by a 125 kW engine (170 HP), that puts out 184 lb-ft of torque.   Range is promoted by BMW as up to 160 km (100 miles), and can be re-charged 80% of the way in under 30 minutes through a fast charging “option.” 

Again, why would a “study” vehicle have an option if it was not to be made available to the public at some point?

Flawless Human Male Lives In Flawless BMW World

“The BMW i3 Concept Coupe design emphasizes dynamism and sheer driving pleasure. Inside, backseat passengers will experience a generous sense of space – perhaps unusual for a coupe – as the vehicle’s interior offers lounge-like atmosphere and enlarged windows that enhance every passenger’s driving experience.”

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8 Comments on "BMW Puts Together Presentation Video On i3 Coupe"

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I agree with the staff,

Kind of a warmed over Ford Focus EV or Mitsu I. Seeing as its just another rather Mediocre effort, I would guess its sales would be as good as the ” I ” and the FFEV have been. Maybe even worse if they price it with the “BMW MARKUP”.

I’m not sure why all the criticism. BMW says the i3 concept coupe is more than 90 per cent of the final production model (compared with the original concept’s 70-80 per cent) so it’s not surprising they would have decided on an optional fast charger, just as they’ve decided to offer an optional range-extending engine. Given that the passenger compartment is carbon fibre, I expect the i3 and its occupants would do quite well in a rollover. And I kinda like the look of it.

Bizarre, contorted styling statement – I’m still trying to figure it out. Interesting how extremely narrow its tires/wheels are.

I would not want to be in that car in a roll-over.

A couple of surprising statements in the video:

The first sentence:
“A new generation of mobility, the BMW i3 concept coupe, the first purely electric powered model from the BMW i brand.”

The final statement at the end of the video:
“The new BMW i3 concept coupe will be launched in the end of 2013.”

“Flawless Human Male Lives In Flawless BMW World”

Apparently that “flawless world” has a not-so-flawless Blink charger, which appears to not be working (the light on the top and the easily vandalized touch-screen are dark).

Everything that BMW (and VAG) do until they start mass-producing and selling plugins is hypothetical and in my view irrelevant. Actions speak louder than words, the proof is in the pudding, etc.

This is a diversion for not having the foresight to invest in the future just a few years ago. 4 and 5 years ago, the BMW head guys at the auto show were adamant they would never have a plug-in, I knew they’d be the last to the party back then….