Video: Get Up Close and Personal With the BMW i3


High quality video showing the intricate details of a vehicle are difficult to come by.

BMW i3 in Frankfurt

BMW i3 in Frankfurt

Even more unlikely to find is an HD video of a vehicle that’s on the stage at a major motor show.

Well, unlikely has turned into here it is in this flick starring the BMW i3.

A Frankfurt showgoer caught the i3 on video and was able to show us several angles of the exterior of the video, as well as to take us inside where the multi-function screen gets a workout.

Here’s the description that goes along with this hig-def video:

“An in-depth look at the all new BMW i3 with its electric engine (170hp, 250Nm) and a carbon fiber frame. Already the first view indicates that this car is something totally revolutionary, a LED light system, tall and narrow proportions and a terrific interior (design lodge). This specific model wasn’t exactly cheap but the built quality and material feel are comparable with a 5-series BMW.”

Comparable to a 5 Series?  You do know that one of those cost well over $50,000, right?

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I still can’t quite gage how big it is. Want to see it in real life

Did they have to make the screen that wide so that the 20 character German words would fit?

The screens look like removable tablets… next version maybe….


A couple notes: Remember those awkward extra-cab doors on large pickup trucks? The one’s that wouldn’t open or close without the driver’s door being open? Well, here they are – only on a tiny commuter wagon. Folks that had kids, and just plain any people that actually carried passengers in their pickup trucks complained long and hard to manufacturers until they all nixed those doors and went with standard opening, front-hinged doors – I believe GM was the last that listened, but finally, they, too got the message loud and clear. Here are the scenarios wherein those doors stink – When you have kids – or you are pulling up to a curb wherein SOMEBODY ON THE OUTSIDE has to figure out how to work those “danged doors” with you screaming at them not to shut them until the front door is open….Many times you don’t have a front passenger, so this means the driver getting out, walking around the vehicle just to show people how the doors close! It gets super annoying. With this carbon-plastic composite – me thinks folks nicking about the doors trying to figure them out will extremely annoy the owner. “JUST LET ME DO IT!”… Read more »

And with those doors you would never use one of these as a taxi. I sure hope you can’t close the front door without closing the back first and drive off…

You know, people that are convinced that – because this says “BMW” on the hood, it HAS to be good. You can’t speak logically to those folks. They buy brand. Motor Trend just tested the SparkEV ( interesting article ) and called it the best handling EV they’ve yet driven ( including i3 ) besides the lauded Model S. Now think about that whilst looking at i3’s little skinny tires. Those that claim it should handle like a BMW have to think about having four people in this car. No matter how light the construction, human bodies weigh something. Say you have mom and dad in front ( 300lbs if they’re jet-setting, upper-income, perfect types ), and 100lbs of kids or pre-teens in back. A more likely setting would be heavier adults as Americans love our Costco and Big Macs – hopefully the kids are in after-school sports! Take that weight and place 1/3rd of it above center of gravity, and now think of those skinny tires. It can’t be good. You may say, “Hey, my family is on board, I’m not going to drive like Richard Petty!” Yes – but you dished out fifty large for “The Ultimate Driving… Read more »

– Minivans and commercial vans too! Where the standard way is to
place the auto trans selector awkwardly on the dash somehow. BMW’s
answer to drive mode controls, being short, stubby and column-mounted
seems perfect for those vehicles where you want to exit your seat and
get rearward inside the cabin by moving between the front seats.

Question of the Day: Will that guy come on here and call me a
“Debbie Downer” again?


Wow this video makes me want to buy more tesla stock.

Think of all of the additional expense in hardware alone bmw has in this versus the tesla.