A ride in BMW’s cars of the future
Paul Horrell heads to the Arctic with the BMW i8 and i3. Two of the cleverest cars… in the world
Posted: 24 Feb 2013
The BMW i3
Like the BMW i8 but not the £100k price? But there's one way to get quite a lot of its technology in a car about a third of that money. And it'll seat four people.
That's the i3. This is the pure-electric member of the family. But if that scares you, remember there's the option of a little range-extender petrol engine to turn it into a full long-distance machine. But today we're in the pure electric version.
Again it looks a bit boxy and sad in its disguise, but check out the recent i3 Coupe concept to see how the tail and nose and interior will actually look. The real i3 has ‘clap-hands’ doors to get you into a surprisingly large rear seat. There's as much room in this little box as a three-series. And it really is a gorgeous interior design, all light surfaces and space and tasteful minimalism.