• Mar 16, 2011
2013 BMW i3 – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Footage from cold-weather testing of the BMW i3 in Sweden has surfaced, showcasing the all-electric city car's rear-wheel-drive platform and penchant for getting sideways. These are still early tests, as the full production i3 isn't expected to be ready until 2013.

Still, with 150 horsepower on tap from a rear-mounted electric lump, the little BMW could well be a barrel of laughs, as well as an environmentally-responsible mode of transportation. Of course, we wouldn't expect much range with these kinds of antics...

The BMW i3 sports an aluminum body around a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic passenger compartment, and will be considered a premium micro car when it hits showrooms. How premium? Expect the price tag to creep past $40,000. See how much fun electric drifting can be in the video after the break.

[Source: YouTube via GMotors]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      RWD in the snow is both a blast and at times a burden. Id encourage more RWD cars, though, they generally handle better in the dry, so you get the best of both worlds. ;-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh. Even a trabant is fun on the snow.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess BMW are going all out to maximise efficiency - the tyres seem very skinny in the video - I presume to minimise rolling resistance, and something they could only do if the cars was very lightweight?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Cars have excessive tire width today, for fashion reasons, so "skinny" is only relative.
        • 3 Years Ago
        What makes you think that a car has to be lightweight to reduce the width of the tires?
        • 3 Years Ago
        it should be light weight when made with carbon fiber but it seems clear they will mess that up royally and it will be conventional weight anyway. maybe 1000kg. the wheels are not really thin. just more appropriate that other cars. an actual light car could have much thinner wheels
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't you guys see? This thing was clearly built with drifting in mind. Those are to reduce traction, thereby making it easier to break the rear wheels loose with only 150 hp.
      • 3 Years Ago
      40K for that?!
      You've got to be kidding
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nissan is charging $30k for a Versa with an electric motor so I don't think BMW is that far out there with their asking price, especially as gas prices continue to increase.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John H. - Your comparison holds true to every GM vs every Bimmer. What are the current results?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dude, it's a BMW. You aren't going to get a budget BMW, especially not an electric one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        So, for the same price as a Chevy Volt, you get:
        - less interior and cargo space
        - NO onboard generator
        + RWD
        + BWM roundel on the hood

        I dunno how well this is going to work, but BMW gets nearly as money for the similarly-sized 1-series, so I guess they're counting on the same rebates as everyone else.
      • 3 Years Ago
      More RWD eco-hatches! YAY!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a weird non-bMW shape
      • 3 Years Ago
      With that shape, it's a waste of carbon fiber, aluminium and money.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...as well as an environmentally-responsible mode of transportation."

      Think again. Don't judge cars' polluting level by their instant consumption and the source of that energy, but their entire pollution fra cradle to grave - raw material extraction to dismantling when used (up).
        • 3 Years Ago
        One of the reasons why BMW is building their carbon fibre plant in upstate Washington, where the energy intensive process can be fed by renewable hydroelectric energy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does the "I" in I30 stand for Isetta?
      I heard way back BMW is considering reviving the name.Anyone know?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Seriously, the styling on this looks like it was inspired by the Isetta. I'm surprised more people haven't noticed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      TF&TF: Stockholm Drift?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought the i small cars were going to be fwd?
        • 3 Years Ago
        yeah. How is RWD even possible in the snow.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, you carry a shovel in the trunk, dig yourself out, and then the fun continues.
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