BMW unveils i3, i8, 640d, 525d, 118d, and 3 EfficientDynamics Edition models at Frankfurt Show

By Christian Stampfer on 13 September 2011
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The Frankfurt Internationale Automobile Austellung (International Automobile Show) is so important to BMW that the company built its own exhibit hall last year, complete with a track built into the permanent stage. BMW, Mini ,and Rolls Royce traditionally unveils their new car concepts in Frankfurt and the 64th IAA was no exception.  Not less than five world premieres, one European premier, and one German premiere took place there.

BMW opened its press conference with the world premiere of two cars, the BMW i3 Concept and the BMW i8 Concept, both under the new sub-brand BMW i. BMW i represents BMWs interpretation of the individual urban mobility of the future.

The BMW i3 Concept, which was named “Mega City Vehicle” during its early developmental stages, provides an glimpse of what the first purely electrically-powered production car from the BMW Group. The i3 offers room for four passengers with  a luggage capacity of 200 liters.

With a power output of 125 kW / 170 hp, the electric motor of the BMW i3 Concept generates 250 Nm (184 pound-feet) of torque). As is characteristic of electric motors, maximum torque is available immediately when the motor is activated. The BMW i3 Concept has a maximum range of approximately 150 km (93.2 miles) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) in less than eight seconds. Maximum speed is 150 km/h (93.2 mp/h).

To offset the additional weight of the car’ batteries, BMW decided to use high-tech material carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the passenger cell of the BMW i3 Concept. The production version of the BMW i3 will roll off the production line starting in 2013 at the BMW plant in Leipzig.

The world premiere of the BMW i8 Concept provides us with a glimpse at, BMW’s idea of the upcoming generation of sports cars.  At the 63rd IAA in 2009, BMW presented the Vision EfficientDynamics (a three-cylinder diesel electric hybrid show car), which can be seen as the predecessor of the BMW i8 Concept.

The BMW i8 Concept is a plug-in hybrid with a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and a modified version of the electric motor which powers the BMW i3 Concept. Together, the two motors accelerate the vehicle in less than five seconds from a standing start to 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The petrol engine delivers 164 kW  (223 hp) and has a maximum torque of 300 Nm (221 pound-feet) while using less than 3.0l/100 km (more than 75 mpg) according to the EU test cycle.

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