Following on the footsteps of last week’s release of the i3 hatchback and i8 sports car concepts, BMW has introduced a new video illustrating how the new cars will better the world for man and environment.
The video welcomes you to a new world of “visionary mobility” which it says will change the way we live and how we move through our cities. The video hints that through newer technologies, personal transportation will be further integrated into our lives, making our city dwelling more relaxing while providing fun to drive performance that is environmentally responsible – a tall order by any standard.
The i3 and i8 will feature the extensive use of carbon fiber to keep weight down, thus increasing their fun-to-drive quotient while maximizing the range of the subfloor-mounted battery packs. The battery pack should provide enough juice for the 170-hp electric motor to push the i3 up to 93 miles on a single charge.
The video claims the electric vehicles will have “lightning performance that will excite us.” The i8 should fit the bill as BMW touts it as an extended-range electric sports car. Its front wheels will be powered by a version of the i3’s electric motor, but it will also sport a rear-mounted 1.5-liter direct-injection three-cylinder gas engine to drive the rear wheels. The combined power output for the i8 is expected to be 350-hp and 405 lb-ft of torque which should propel it to 60 mph in less than five seconds. With a light foot the i8 should be able to travel 20 miles on electric power alone.
The end of the video introduces BMW’s new “i” sub brand with the tagline: “Born Electric.”
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