First drive: BMW i3 — BBC Top Gear

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One day, the of cars driven by electric will become routine. all, diesels were a novelty, and so were turbos. just had a drive in a BMW i3 visually but the real thing in the way it behaves and it so incredibly natural that you fall for the idea that drive should be an idea nobody questions.

After if you were on the ground floor and to get to the 21st, would you want a powered by petrol? One that up a gear as it passed the 14th and changed down again on the Nope, for smooth and silent electricity is the way to go.

The i3 proves that for a car ducks and dives around a or cruises at dual-carriageway speeds, can feel like a beautifully power source.

Of course, the is attached to the mains by a cable. A car have that luxury it can replace the mains by an onboard such as a range-extending engine or a cell). So range for a battery car is a issue. The BMW has some mighty tricks to extend its range.

Most of them revolve lightness and reduced resistance to the and so you feel them the moment you

Getting going is blissfully A little horizontal drum from the steering column, biggish rocker switch D-N-R, plus a button and another button (park). enough the engineers call rocker switch the ‘gearlever’, though it’s not a lever and it nothing to do with gears.

All it is switch the motor to run forwards or The transmission is a fixed single-speed gear between the motor and the

Assuming you want to depart you just press the start switch to D, and apply some With utter smoothness, you away. There’s a distant hum of the loudspeaker that warns and cyclists of your motion, but any of the mechanical whines or electrical that most EVs can’t emitting.

Even in its first few metres, struck how BMW had made the i3 sound and premium.

It’s ruddy too. That’s the lightweight coming home to roost. a high-torque 170bhp motor and a flow uninterrupted by gearchanges, at 62mph in 7.2 seconds. The addictive is the instant and proportional answer you get you twitch your right

The same applies when you off, too. There’s regenerative braking from the even before you touch the

Actually the motor braking, and the it gives you to drive with one is slightly less powerful it was in the Mini E that BMW used to out the motor and batteries. That’s the i3 is RWD, and if they gave it powerful regenerative braking on the wheels it could actually get on a slippery road.

Top speed is to 93mph because energy use sharply after that. rating it for more speed probably need heavier and cooling, which would efficiency at normal speed.

It looks tall and the ride is yet it rolls and pitches amazingly because so much of the weight is low to the The steering is pretty quick, so possible to wind in some changes of direction, and the car accepts without getting upset. The end feels light and biddable.

Of the thin tyres don’t on for ever, and it’s set up to understeer if you go in too

Sure it’s rear-drive, but not about oversteer. Rather, the of RWD are the pure steering and the excellent And also an astoundingly tight circle, another feather in the cap of a car be driven a lot in cities.

Speaking of the high driving position and visibility are also feelgood for threading yourself among traffic. And for parking, you’ll be it’s supermini-short. But there’s room for four people

And what a lovely cabin. BMW has the i project to invent a whole new language, of spare, ornament-free and reduced bulk in the dash and It feels extremely modern and but high quality.

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They wouldn’t let us show it to you though. But the i3 Concept Coupe is a two-door version of the production and has the production interior pretty unaltered.

Before you criticise the in the picture as looking like a box, be aware of the effect of the It covers up the nicely jewelled and the clever aero detailing in the of the body. It also masks the in the beltline behind the front which gives a strong and sense of movement to the profile.

The thing will be unveiled this month, by the way, so not long to wait.

The design is at making it look light and because that’s what it is. By new ways of making and moulding relatively cheaply, BMW has been to use a carbonfibre structural bodyshell on a punt-shaped extruded aluminium That’s a great basis for the kilos.

This means the battery can be for a given range, which cuts more weight. And a battery and body means can use lighter suspension and wheels and

Result is it’s just A Nissan Leaf is over more, and less powerful, and 11.9 sec for 0-62, and has a lower No-one’s expecting the i3 to be cheap, but it you more for the extra money.

The range is, they insist, 80 to 100 depending on how you drive, and how much you use the eco modes.

If that’s not enough, have a £2000 get-out-of-… a tiny range extender This packs a two-cylinder petrol and generator in a vacant next to the motor under the floor, and a 9-litre fuel in the nose. That’s another 100 of range right there, and you can that at a petrol station in two

Because the range extender less power than the motor, you can’t go flat out but it’ll be reassuring to have.

At sampling then, this is a electric car. It’s not the on the market, but BMW has put some original into almost every of its design and engineering. It drives is distinctively designed, and has the reassuring option if you are anxious about flat.

That said, BMW nearly all i3 buyers will use it as a car so won’t be doing long and it’s optimised to make efficient and fun.


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