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BMW i3 60Ah BEV – Walkaround & Test Drive of The Best Car in The World (Re-Upload w/ Improved Sound)

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** This is a re-upload of the video I first made in November 2018 **

My first contact with the bmw i3 was several years  ago at a london car show, back when these cars   were still new. i distinctly remember that the  stars of the show were the i8 and the tesla model   s, hardly anyone gave a second glance to the i3,  so i had the opportunity to give it a good look   around, sit in it and generally

Admire it. the  i3 ended up being my favorite car from that show   nowadays they are quite popular in hip places of  london and seeing so many of them on the road   the most striking feature of the i3 is arguably  its exterior design. it looks like a road going   concept car, futuristic i’d say. it’s tall and  narrow and the

Body lines intersect at odd angles   in the front we still have  the kidney shape grille  but the inlet holes are now covered, which makes  the weirdest things on the car are most  certainly the wheels. today when pretty   much every car comes with very wide tires the  i3 rides on what look like bicycle tyres. they   are

19 inch tall but only 155 millimeters wide,  suicide doors are another unusual design element,  today only found on the rolls-royce phantom   were designed to aid easy entry or maybe  the genius of the interior design lies in  its simplicity. because it lacks many a   do away with the bulky transmission tunnel   inside the door

Jambs we can observe  the bare carbon fiber chassis the back where we have a rear hatch made   popping the boot which is also the bonnet on this  car, as the electric motor lives under there   much boot space. nonetheless, by folding the   under the front hood we find  another small cubby hole  comfortable if somewhat on the

Hard side   typically german. the blue accented upholstery  makes for a very pleasant place to be in  seats are manually adjustable without  the gear selector itself now lives on  lever forwards or backwards until the desired  the instrument cluster is a small, floating lcd  screen backed up by a larger infotainment system 

Range and a prominently displayed sliding scale  here we can observe the button  for the various driving modes   and the controls for the infamous idrive, with  the rest of the switchgear is borrowed  from across the bmw model range the rear doors can only be accessed while  the front ones are open. interestingly the   rear space

Is plentiful  but only for two occupants   i suspect they designed it this way to reduce total  in the design of the chassis, bmw has made  extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminium, all   in the name of lightness. and while most electric  cars are plagued by the heft of their batteries   around 1200 kilograms for the

Basic versions   get a very lively hot hatch. power delivery   their nature have a constant torque figure   in the case of the i3 this figure is 250 nm. if  you’ve been paying any attention you’d realize   that these figures are eerily similar to some  driving is where this car shines and  as it is a bmw after all. the

Ultimate  0 to 60 is a claimed 7.5 seconds but it feels  quicker than that. the sensation you get   airliner. it starts off without any wheel   spin but then it picks up speed exponentially  until about 70 mph, when acceleration tapers off  it’s rear-wheel drive of course, has optimum  weight balance and a power to weight ratio

That   relentless torque and the car feels invincible  the laws of physics will defeat it eventually as  the boxy shape is not ideal, 170 hp only goes so   far and the skinny tyres are not going to help. in  fact the tyres are the achilles’ heel of the i3   to match the otherwise excellent chassis   version will do

Between 80 and 100 miles in   can easily double the effective range. so  it’s not a long distance cruiser by any means   to be. it is a compact car designed for   so why is it the best car in the world  have been terrified that electric cars will be  little more than appliances, washing machines   what’s more, it can

Achieve  something extraordinary   heads into electric car believers

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BMW i3 60Ah BEV – Walkaround & Test Drive of The Best Car in The World (Re-Upload w/ Improved Sound) By Motoring Culture Magazine