The BMW i3 Looks A Lot Like This Crazy Forgotten 90s Concept Car

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The BMW i3 Looks A Lot Like This Forgotten 90s Concept Car

When I saw the photos of the new BMW i3 electric city I couldn’t shake the feeling I had seen it somewhere else Then one day, in a flash of it occurred to me that this the first time BMW has tried a rear-engine, super-efficient city car

I’m talking about the BMW Z13 which debuted way back in It has a surprising number of similarities to the i3, and most outrageous concept it actually came pretty to production.

The Z13 was one of several concept developed by the now-defunct BMW Technik division during the 1990s seem kind of ridiculous There was the E1 electric car. looked like a cross a Honda CRX and a Geo Metro, the bonkers convertible Z18. the Z1 shooting the downright French-looking Z22 MPV. and my personal favorite, the motorcycle Just 4-2 sports car, kind of looks like take on the Plymouth Prowler.

I’ll throw in a picture of car because I think it’s on multiple levels. To quote our own Collins, it looks like Zoolander would take

Anyway, back to the Z13. concept first debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, it stunned audiences with its use of materials, rear-engine rear-wheel architecture, and perhaps most its McLaren F1-style three setup where the driver sat in the and two passenger seats were generous legroom behind

The idea was to see if all the room and luxury of a big BMW could be packed into a space ideal for city who wanted to save on gas. The Z13 was anything anyone had ever from BMW, a car that had the to redefine what the brand was all

Power came in the form of a engine derived from the BMW motorcycles that was good for 82 That power was sent to the wheels via a rear-mounted CVT transmission. As notes, the car weighed a mere pounds and could achieve 43 per gallon.

It also showed an example of the kind of connectivity automakers are all about these albeit in kind of a 90s-tastic way — the Z13 with satellite navigation, a and a fax machine.

According to Bimmer Mag . who wrote a piece on the Z13’s history a few ago, the concept car was fully and very close to production-spec. In everyone — from BMW engineers to to the gushing automotive press — that it would go into and anticipated it would arrive in eventually.

But then BMW took an different course. They the beleaguered MG-Rover Group, got them Land Rover and In Mini they had already had a efficient city car, and the Z13 was no longer needed. Of course, BMW take the Mini concept further a few years later by a brand new Cooper. (And they took that a little too far, and that’s why we the Paceman.)

From Bimmer Mag :

Although the built under BMW’s went on to become the world’s premium compact car, the Z13 have represented a major forward had it gone into It was unlike anything on the market in and the industry has taken nearly two to match it. The 2005 Citroen C1 and 107 as well as the 2008 Toyota iQ are Z13 clones, while the 2009 Pixo/Suzuki Alto show its as well.

BMW itself took longer to revive the concept, a model beneath the MINI with the MegaCity due in 2013.

give you one guess what car the turned into. That’s — the i3.

When you look at the i3 and Z13 side by it’s impossible not to see that the concept must have it pretty heavily. Both a similar shape, particularly A-pillars and rooflines. Both are hatchbacks with big panoramic and short, stubby noses.

have their engines aft. And both are designed to be efficient premium vehicles at urban buyers.

Of course, are some obvious differences. The i3 the Z13’s three-seat layout, and I a feeling that had the Z13 entered it would have done the The i3 is also electric (with an gas-powered range extender) the Z13 had a conventional gasoline engine.

pretty easy, and not probably not to think of the i3 as the modern descendent of the If you ask me, that’s a good thing. thought the Z13 was a great idea 20 ago.

It’s awesome to finally see it get its day in the

Now if we can just get a modern production of the Just 4-2 or the Z1 Shooting Brake, the of craziness will be complete.

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