For those in the U.S. who like their BMWs with a healthy dose of electrification, BMW reveled the official production specifications for the newly-named 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid.
The 330e iPerformance is BMW’s newest move to trickle-down the technology forged in the high-dollar “i” performance line, which includes the i3 and the i8 sports car. Essentially, we can look at the iPerformance badge as equivalent to the M Sport trim, but for electrified cars.
We saw this car last year in Frankfurt, where it debuted for the European market with a total all-electric range of 25 miles. Now, at the 2016 New York auto show, the 330e iPerformance is U.S.-rated for 14 miles of all-electric range. It draws its power from the same 7.6-kwH lithium-ion battery as the European-market 330e, and top speed on electric power alone is limited to 75 mph.
Performance is strong, with a combined 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque pushed out from the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (used in the 320i) and single 87-hp electric motor. Power is sent to the rear wheels through BMW same eight-speed automatic transmission, resulting in a 0-60-mph sprint of 5.9 seconds, and a top speed of 140 mph. This performance falls perfectly between the existing BMW 328i and 340i.
Prices for the 330e iPerformance begin at $44,696, with availability beginning this summer.