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DTM Driver Timo Glock Makes BMW’s i3S Look Really Quick 9
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW i3, BMW Videos, Hybrids, video on 12 9th, 2017


Despite riding on a sport-tuned suspension and boasting 186 PS (184 HP) and 269 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque, the 2018 BMW i3S is still not a sports car.

Its 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time is a respectable 6.9 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 160 km/h (99 mph). To put it into perspective, the i3S is 0.8 seconds quicker than the standard i3, thus justifying the S prefix.

Now, in order to make driving it even more entertaining, Carwow’s Mat Watson arranged a quick shoot-out between himself and BMW’s DTM driver, Timo Glock, who has raced in Formula 1 for Toyota, Virgin and Marussia. The two took on an slalom course, with lots of tight turns and even slippery surfaces that made things rather interesting, as you can clearly see.

With Glock behind the wheel, the i3S looked quite quick indeed – but we guess that’s probably more due to the former F1 driver’s skills…

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Larry David Trades Prius For BMW i3 In Season 9 Of Curb Your Enthusiasm 21
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW i3, celebrities, Electric Vehicles, Movie Cars on 11 21st, 2017


Seinfeld co-creator and current star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David, is driving around in a brand new BMW i3 for the show’s ninth season. David drove a Toyota Prius in the show’s previous seasons, and was even spotted driving one in real life.

Curb Your Enthusiasm has been off the air for the past six years, and to see it keep up with what’s trending in the real world isn’t that big of a surprise. Aside from the i3, which is has been featured heavily in most of the episodes thus far, a bright red Tesla Model S also made a cameo.

U.S. buyers can purchase a BMW i3 from $44,450, although if they go for the version with the range extender, that will bump the price to $48,300. The most expensive i3 you can buy is the Sport model with the range extender, for $51,500.

If you want to get one that looks just like Larry’s, make sure to also get the 20-inch BMW i double-spoke alloys, which are a $1,300 optional extra.

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BMW Stops Sales Of i3 And Issues Voluntary Recall Of All Models 20
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i3, NHTSA, Recalls, Reports on 11 20th, 2017


Over the weekend, reports surfaced that BMW had ordered a sales stop on all i3s models in the United States and the company was on the verge of recalling of every i3 sold in America since 2014.

The news was initially reported by InsideEVs which posted an image of a non-compliance recall document which suggested i3 vehicles from the 2014-2018 model years were going to be recalled due to their failure to meet frontal impact performance standards.

We reached out to BMW of North America and Product and Technology spokesperson Rebecca Kiehne said : “In a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash test of the BMW i3 – specifically the unbelted small adult rigid barrier test (NHTSA’s 5th percentile female) – the driver seat occupant sustained loads marginally above the limit.”

Kiehne went on to say “While BMW’s compliance testing showed results well below the required limits, more recent testing has shown inconsistent results.”

Due to the conflicting results, BMW of North America has issued a recall of the i3 and is working with the NHTSA to understand the differences in their test results. Kiehne said the company recommends all occupants use their seatbelts and confirmed a “remedy is forthcoming.” In a follow up e-mail, Kiehne confirmed a stop-sale order has been issued in the United States.

While recalls are unfortunate, it’s important to remember the crash test involved an unbelted small adult in the 5th percentile female range. This effectively means the issue applies to unbelted women who are approximately five feet (1.52 meters) tall and weigh around 110 lbs (49.9 kg).

BMW of North America will likely provide more information about the recall in the future and initial reports suggested the company would be contacting i3 owners by mail in January.

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BMW Celebrates Building Its 100,000th i3 With A Giant Battery Farm 5
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Electric Vehicles, video on 11 5th, 2017


It’s been about four years since BMW started manufacturing the i3. And in that span of time, it’s produced 100,000 of them.

The milestone was celebrated at the plant in Leipzig, Germany, where the Bavarian automaker assembles its dedicated range of electric vehicles.

The plant churns out i3s at a rate of over 120 units each day, totaling 26,631 last year alone. It also handles production of the i8 at a rate of eight to ten per day, for a total of 2,783 in 2016. The next addition to the range will be the i8 Roadster, set for release next year.

BMW also produces the 1 Series and 2 Series at the plant in Leipzig. Porsche also assembles the Panamera, Cayenne, and Macan at its own plant in the same city, the largest in the federal state of Saxony and the tenth largest city in Germany.

“We are proud of the 100,000th BMW i3 built by our plant in Leipzig. The BMW i3 is the original, a true technological pioneer,” said BMW chairman Harald Krüger. “In the interests of sustainability, today we are also presenting a concept for the second use of BMW i3 high-voltage batteries. With our Strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT, we are looking far beyond the car itself and driving change in our industry with totally new approaches and business models.”

The battery storage farm in Leipzig uses the decommissioned power packs from as many as 700 i3s to absorb surplus power from the local grid and supply it back when electricity production is low.

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West Coast Customs Makes BMW i3 And i8 Duo Look Like Spaceships 23
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Hybrids, tuning, video on 09 23rd, 2017


If you want to make a car stand out, you head to West Coast Customs, the tuning shop made famous by Pimp My Ride.
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West Coast Customs Makes BMW i3 And i8 Duo Look Like Spaceships 23
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW Videos, Hybrids, tuning, video on 09 23rd, 2017


If you want to make a car stand out, you head to West Coast Customs, the tuning shop made famous by Pimp My Ride.
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BMW i3S Flashes Its Minuscule Upgrades 13
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i3, Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show on 09 13th, 2017


BMW’s hot new i3S has been revealed to the world at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show. While it’s not the most attractive model on BMW’s stand, it certainly adds some style to the facelifted i3.
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BMW Plans To Showcase At Least Ten Different Models In Frankfurt 30
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW 7-Series, BMW 8-Series, BMW i3, BMW M5, BMW X3, BMW Z4, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, motorcycles on 08 30th, 2017


The countdown to the Frankfurt Motor Show continues as BMW has unveiled its plans for this year's event.
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BMW Plans To Showcase At Least Ten Different Models In Frankfurt 30
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW 7-Series, BMW 8-Series, BMW i3, BMW M5, BMW X3, BMW Z4, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, motorcycles on 08 30th, 2017


The countdown to the Frankfurt Motor Show continues as BMW has unveiled its plans for this year's event.
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BMW Plans To Showcase At Least Ten Different Models In Frankfurt 30
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 6-Series GT, BMW 7-Series, BMW 8-Series, BMW i3, BMW M5, BMW X3, BMW Z4, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, motorcycles on 08 30th, 2017


The countdown to the Frankfurt Motor Show continues as BMW has unveiled its plans for this year's event.
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BMW i3s Races A Classic Dodge Charger 30
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i3, BMW Videos, commercials, Dodge, Dodge Charger, Dodge Videos, video on 08 30th, 2017


Hot on the heels of the facelifted BMW i3 premiering alongside the sporty i3s variant, the manufacturer has released a number of commercials for the electric hatchbacks.
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Facelifted 2018 BMW i3 And Sportier i3s On Sale In The UK From £34,070 [133 Images] 29
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW i3, Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Galleries, new cars, prices, UK on 08 29th, 2017


BMW's updated i3 can already be ordered in several markets, the UK included, where it carries a starting price of £34,070 ($43,983).
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2018 BMW i3S Debuts With Upgraded Motor, Sportier Styling 28
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW i3, Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show on 08 28th, 2017


The 2018 BMW i3 and i3S have been given an early unveiling by Automobile Magazine.
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BMW i3 Looks Intriguing With HRE Wheels 25
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i3, Electric Vehicles, HRE, tuning, Wheels on 08 25th, 2017


The BMW i3 isn’t exactly cool. In fact, if you ask us, it is actually a bit dorky, especially compared to other electric cars on the market like the Chevrolet Bolt.
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Sportier BMW i3 S Scooped Testing On The Autobahn 12
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW i3, BMW Scoops, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Reports, Scoops on 08 12th, 2017


Alongside developing a facelifted version of the BMW i3, the German carmaker is also working on a slightly sportier variant dubbed the i3 S.
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