BMWadds an S-for-sporty to the i3 EV


BMW’s i3 range will grow to four for New Zealand with the ad­di­tion of a new i3s model, bring­ing more power and new chas­sis tech­nol­ogy.

As with the standard i3, the i3s will be avail­able in ei­ther pure bat­tery-elec­tric (BEV) or range-ex­ten­der (REx) ver­sions - the lat­ter with a two-cylin­der petrol en­gine act­ing as gen­er­a­tor for the elec­tric drive sys­tem when re­quired.

A 94Ah (33kWh) bat­tery is used by both, but in the i3s power and torque go up from 125kW/ 250Nm to 135kW/270Nm. The i3s BEV is now the fastest ver­sion you can buy, with 0-100kmh in 6.9 sec­onds. Then the slightly com­pli­cated per­for­mance peck­ing or­der goes i3 BEV (7.3sec), i3s REx (7.7sec) and i3 REx (8.1sec).

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