BMW heats up the 2018 i3

Posted on Sep 1, 2017 by

Munich manufacturer updates range and introduces sporty i3s developing 184 horsepower and capable of 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds. And it’s unlikely to come to the UAE

2018 bmw i3

Last year sold more than 25,000 electrified i3s, which is some way off Tesla’s Model S and Nissan’s Leaf but still enough for Munich to claim the best-selling premium compact EV spot, and third place overall.

After launching the i sub-brand in 2011, the German manufacturer released the i3 in 2013 and the mid-engined i8 year after — now just in time for the in a couple of weeks, BMW has now unveiled a midlife update and facelift for the 2018 i3.

With more power, better handling and refreshed styling, the 2018 i3 range will also welcome a new addition to the line-up in the form of the BMW i3s.

2018 bmw i3

The standard car produces 170hp and the new 2018 BMW i3s hikes that up to 184hp making it 0.4 seconds quicker from zero to 100km/h

Base cars produce 170 horsepower and 250Nm of torque available from a standstill, providing fairly brisk performance — zero to 100km/h in the i3 takes 7.3 seconds and top speed is limited to 150km/h.

The i3s hikes that up to 184 horsepower and 270Nm of torque, with an updated drive system and sportier suspension (including new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars) for a 10mm lower ride height than standard, and 20mm wider tyres. An available Sport mode tightens up steering and boosts acceleration, so the i3s reaches 100km/h from rest in 6.9 sec and goes on to 160km/h.

Although BMW markets the i3 primarily as an EV customers have the option of a 38hp two-cylinder engine on board as a range-extender driving a power generator. The i3’s zero-emissions range is quoted at up to 235km, while the extended range is 330km.

2018 bmw i3

For 2018 the restyling effort features new LED headlights as standard, redesigned front and rear bumpers and a silver coloured strip running along the roofline on the standard i3.

The i3s meanwhile sits on exclusive 20-inch wheels and a 40mm wider track, with some unique cosmetic touches like a black BMW kidney grille and a gloss black roofline accent.

Both models come with an updated iDrive infotainment system, with an increased resolution in the 10.25-inch display, while the charging capacity of the cars has also been increased. After the global premiere in Frankfurt the 2018 i3 will go on sale from November.

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