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).
BMW claims a ‘‘real world’’ range of 200km for