After seeing the BMW i3 production version yesterday wearing minimal camouflage, today we bring fully revealing patent drawings.
BMW has decided to keep the car's looks pretty close to the concept revealed in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The first major difference is the absence of see-through door panels, while the front doors have been moved further back which has significantly reduced the size of the rear doors. In addition, the bumpers, head/taillights and mirrors look more down to earth now.
BMW will sell the i3 as a full electric model and with a range-extending engine. The former will pack a rear-mounted electric motor generating 170 bhp (127 kW) and 249 Nm (184 lb-ft) which should provide a range between 130 km (88 miles) to 160 km (99 miles). The range-extending model will have a 0.65-liter, two-cylinder motorcycle engine and should travel for up to 220 km (136 miles) before running out of juice. These are official figures as they have been revealed by head of product management at BMW i division Maximilian Kellner.
It will reportedly be available on order next month from a starting price of about 35,000 GBP (40,800 EUR / 53,300 USD) for the EV and 38,000 GBP (44,300 EUR / 57,800 USD) for the range-extender.
More photos are available at the source link below.