Published on November 27th, 2012 | by Christopher DeMorro
BMW i3 Coupe Concept Unveiled Ahead Of LA Auto Show
Though BMW has yet to officially begin selling its i-brand of electric vehicles, the German automaker isn’t done teasing consumers with cool EV concepts. Behold the latest pure electric vehicle, the BMW i3 Coupe Concept. The i3 Coupe Concept will make its official debut later this week at the L.A. Auto Show.
Turns out the rumors were true, and the BMW i brand is getting another addition. Details are few and far between, but this is what BMW is talking about so far. The BMW i3 Coupe Concept is based on the BMW i3, BMW’s first foray into an electric city car.
Like the standard i3, the i3 coupe sends power to the rear wheels via a one-speed transmission. With maximum output of 170 horsepower and 184 ft-lbs of torque, the BMW i3 Coupe Concept should prove a peppy, if not exactly fast ride. Some say that BMW’s foray into front-wheel drive is foolhardy, and if you ask me the i3 Coupe Concept is better served with rear-wheel drive.
BMW also went ahead and gave the i3 Coupe Concept a lower, more aggressive look to differentiate it from its four-door cousin. Add to that a warm orange paint job and sustainable sourced interior materials like leather, wood, and wool. There has also been talk of an optional range-extender to give the pure EV more versatility as an everyday driver. When BMW does start selling its i-brand EVs, it will try its hand at selling them online at a lower price.
I’m liking what I am seeing in the BMW i3 Coupe Concept, but how about you?