BMW i3 Concept Coupe

2012 Los Angeles Auto Show


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    BMW i3 Concept Coupe Picture

    BMW i3 Concept Coupe. | November 26, 2012

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2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The BMW i3 Concept Coupe, which underscores the potential for the i model range, debuts at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  • BMW has not revealed production plans for the i3 Concept Coupe, but says this study shows the "development process for getting the first ever all-electric model from the BMW i brand ready for series production."
  • The coupe's roof line and the latest interpretation of the BMW's i "stream flow" design are highlights of the i3 Concept Coupe.

LOS ANGELES — The BMW i3 Concept Coupe, which underscores the potential for the i model range, debuts at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

BMW has not revealed production plans for the i3 Concept Coupe, but says this study shows the "development process for getting the first ever all-electric model from the BMW i brand ready for series production and demonstrates the potential for conceivably extending the model range." It is a coupe version of the earlier BMW i3.

A BMW i4 had been rumored to appear at the L.A. auto show, along with media reports that a BMW i5 is also in the works.

The first vehicles from BMW's new i division are expected to be launched on the market in 2013 and 2014. They are the i3 electric hatchback and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. BMW has been ramping up the drumbeat for the i3 and i8, rolling out the BMW i Born Electric Tour, which was hosted by the actress Uma Thurman, earlier this month in New York City.

The i3 Concept Coupe's roof line and the latest interpretation of the BMW's i "stream flow" design are highlights of the car shown in LA. It also stands out with a Solar Orange metallic exterior paint treatment created for the concept, accented by high-gloss black touches on the hood, roof and trunk.

Lightweight carbon fiber is used for the body, while the chassis is made chiefly of aluminum, BMW noted.

The new i3 Concept Coupe features the familiar rear-mounted electric motor rated at 170 horsepower and single-speed transmission. Lithium-ion storage cells are located under the floor. The concept has a range of about 100 miles and has a maximum speed of 56 mph.

BMW says the curious should pay special attention to the concept's cabin, since it "illustrates how the cockpit design has evolved as it is readied for series production."

There are two individual rear seats in the BMW i3 Concept Coupe and lots of natural products in the cabin, including leather, wood, wool and "other renewable raw materials," BMW says.

Edmunds says: BMW continues to experiment with its new i models, as the German sub-brand continues its evolution.

Comments

  • bhohn bhohn Posts:

    It looks like the roof melted aft of the doors!

  • dmpete dmpete Posts:

    I am not wild about electrics but at least BMW went the Tesla route and at least made it somewhat pleasing to the eye, unlike the Volt, Prius, Ensight, and pretty much every other electric out there. Build an EV, but it doesn't have to scream EV.

  • ferrari4me ferrari4me Posts:

    Wow look at that high tech BMWi3 Concept Coupe!!! Bet she handles like a (golf cart) dream during the 65 miles that you can actually drive it before recharging over-night. What about 0-60, maybe 12.7 seconds? Oh I can feel the goose bumps rising as I write this! This concept is pretty fancy stuff from the former manufacturer of the Ultimate Driving machine!!! Recently I had the shocking experience of driving a fresh off the transporter 2013 BMW 328i as my E92 was in for service. Can’t tell the new 3 apart from the current 5 cause the F30 3 Series is as big as a proper 5 Series and looks a lot like the F10 5 Series. Unlike my E90 3, the new made for the “Chinese Market” sized 3 Series never shrinks around you. It’s too big to play in town and reminds you of its size every time the body begins roll when turning. Speaking of turning the power steering is artificial, vague and lifeless (just plain dead). I hustled a 2006 4 cylinder Camry down Carmel Valley road that steered better than this F30 pig. What is with the standard greasy feeling Goodyear run flat tires? These run flats ride better than before, but if I want ride over handling I’ll buy a Lexus. The drab, cheap feeling interior, assembled from substandard, indifferent materials, truly kills the deal. Gone is the formerly standard burled walnut wood (now a $500 option on the base 328i) interior trim, replaced by; “Silver Matte Trim”, BMW’ese for the cheapest feeling silver painted plastic crap trim this side of a Chevy Caviler. I could sit in my E92’s sport seats all day. They would make a great office chair. Both the new standard and optional “Sport Line” sport seats feel flat and deflated and hurt my back when I spend more than a few minutes in them. And why oh why are Sport Line interiors only available in black or grey with a tacky red or blue stripe across the dash? Other F30s still offer Beige as a color so why delete a selection that so many owners want? If the executives in Germany want a funky black interior with a horrid red stripe then let them buy one, but give me back my beige. Every 3 Series until now has been a special place to be. This F30 smacks of compromises made for the Chinese market as well as decontenting to make more money. That special balance between sport and performance versus luxury and quality has been lost in every new street car that BMW now makes – excluding the old still available 1 Series and the X1. But hey, we have that really pretty fancy looking Energizer powered BMW i3 Concept Coupe to look forward to, right?

  • 56 mph maximum. Perhaps BMW should market this as a Florida Only retirement community vehicle. Orange and Black color scheme make it hard to resist the Pumpkin Chunker name...

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