BMW i3 Quick drive
media event a few days ago.
stands pretty tall. And the whole thing looks really futuristic. Like a car
designed for a sci fi movie. But I guess, it is 2013, and it’s about time for
some cars to look like they’ve been designed in the 21st century.
look on such large 19-inch wheels.
Inside, it is pretty amazing. It is like no other car. Seems
like the designers were on a mission to rethink the way car interiors look and
be. But everything looks different.
The optional twin glass panels give the whole interior a
more open feel.
The back seat is roomy. More so than I was expecting since
the car is really compact. (It is about 2 inches shorter than a Fiesta
hatchback). And access is really easy since there is no B pillar.
The materials used are also treated very differently. (The
wood piece looks especially nice.)
BMW makes a point of showing off the recycled materials throughout the
high quality interior.
electric cars. Super quite with lots of torque right away.
out that you don’t need to use the break pedal to slow down. Just lifting your
foot off the right pedal slows the car down. Eventually to a full stop. So you
basically would only use the actual brake pedal to really stop the car in a
hurry. Not in normal driving.
stopping with one foot most of the time. So BMW has basically also re invented
the way we drive a car. And it does make a lot of sense.
car. Going back and forth between the i3 and anything else might feel a bit
artificial, and not as fluid as I thought it would be.
too much around town.
the “range extender” 500CC gas engine. It ads about 90 miles to the range.
after various incentives.
Even better if they come up with super affordable lease.