BMW i3 Coupe Concept

The new BMW i3 has been the subject of great speculation since it was announced. It’s a practical yet stylish electric car, not to mention luxurious, a hard combination to find.

BMW are testing whether this particular sportier version will take off around the world. The Coupe version is lower and slightly bigger in terms of width compared to the standard hatchback i3. The car is shapelier with a sloped roof too. Being a coupe, the car has just three doors too.

The car is just in coupe form at the moment. However tests have been carried out to ensure production can go ahead if required. There may also be a soft top i3 Coupe Concept, meaning altogether the range could have five models.

The interior has a simpler and structured design compared to the concept seen at the Frankfurt Show in 2011. The satellite navigation monitor, placed in the middle of the console looks quite neat.

Inside comes a spectacular iDrive rotary controller, sitting between the two front seats. The two spoke steering wheel itself has multi-functional controls with aluminium pedals.

The vehicle will have a decent 170 BHP and a 184lb ft. electric motor. The lithium ion batteries are placed within the floor, meaning it doesn’t get in anyone’s way. There are not yet any official performance related statistics regarding the car.

The car also comes with a “Driving Experience Control” which has three different driving modes, Comfort, Eco Pro and Eco Pro+. Each has their own type of mapping and climate settings, being catered for individual tastes. Eco Pro+ mode is limited to just 56 MPH, giving extra value to its economical mode.

Accessing the internet within vehicles nowadays is seen as quite a big deal. BMW have showcased the i3’s abilities to do so via the ConnectedDrive. This could be a major selling point with the vehicle.

Satellite navigation is based upon accurate real time traffic information. Smart phones can also be adapted with both the iOs and the Android so that owners can check the state of the car battery and charge the vehicle remotely. This would only be accessible when the vehicle is in the correct position to be charged via a plug in.