BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition front 3/4
  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition front 3/4: LA 2015
  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition front 3/4
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BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition: LA 2015 front 3/4
  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition: LA 2015
  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition: LA 2015 front 3/4 view
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2015 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition side profile
  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition side view: LA 2015
  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition side view in LA 2015
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BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition side view, open doors
  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition side view, open doors
  • The open doors of the BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition, as seen from the side.
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BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition rear view
  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition rear view
  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition seen from the back at LA 2015.
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BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition moon roof
  • The moon roof in the BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition
  • Interior shot of the moon roof in the BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition
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Dual moon roof BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition
  • Dual moon roof in the BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition: LA 2015
  • Dual moon roof in the BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition
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dashboard of the BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition
  • BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition dashboard: LA 2015
  • Dashboard in the BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2015 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
Here's a bit of news for a quarter-million dollars. BMW is bringing a special edition i3 called Shadow Sport to the US for the 2016 model year. That tag refers to the special-edition Bimmers that come equipped with a moon roof, which before this was unavailable in the US. But only 50 lucky folks will get them.

The Shadow Sport edition comes with a few other goodies, too, including "fluid" black paint, 19-inch alloy wheels, custom-trim interior and sport-tuned suspension, though there are no changes in the electric motor or performance. That means the same single-charge range of 81 miles, the same 0-60 miles per hour acceleration time of seven seconds flat and the same top speed of 93 miles per hour. If you experience a little slower speed and a little shorter single-charge range because you're spending too much time looking out of the moon roof, that's on you.

The catch is that the model won't be available for the i3 vehicles with the gas-powered range extender, i.e. the i3 REx. The Shadow Sport will also have a price of $47,400, or $5,000 more than the base model i3. BMW's Dave Buchko told AutoblogGreen that all 50 Shadow Sports have been sold, with the first 40 selling out in the first hour or so of availability. The Shadow Sport is on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

Through the first 10 months of the year, BMW sold 8,879 i3 vehicles, which was double year-earlier figures. Last month alone, though, things weren't as rosy, as October i3 sales declined 15 percent from a year earlier to 986 units. There's more information at the bottom of BMW's LA Show press release, below.
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BMW at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show:
  • Making its North American Premier, BMW will showcase the all-new BMW 7 Series, all-new BMW 3 Series eDrive, all-new BMW X1 and the exclusive motorsport inspired BMW M4 GTS.
  • BMW i will premiere BMW Laser Light, available for the first time in the US, as well as the limited edition BMW i3 Shadow Sport, featuring exclusive exterior paint color and interior design, moonroof and sport tuned suspension.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: November 17, 2015 12:00 pm EDT /9:00 am PDT... The all-new BMW 3 Series eDrive, BMW M4 GTS, BMW X1 and the BMW 7 Series will make their North American debuts at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, BMW will feature the eDrive BMW X5 xDrive40e as well as the high-performance BMW i8, the all-electric BMW i3 and other BMW models at the BMW display.

Making its North American debut, the all-new BMW 3 Series eDrive features a plug-in hybrid drive system offering typical BMW driving dynamics and outstanding efficiency. The innovative use of an electric motor and the BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine results in a total system output of 248 bHP and 310 lb-ft torque. The BMW 330e accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds. In everyday driving conditions, a total range of approximately 370 miles is attainable. The eDrive technology allows for approximately 22 miles in all-electric mode and therefore with zero local emissions. The 2016 BMW 330e will arrive in US showrooms in spring 2016 for $44,695 including $995 Destination & Handling.

The all-new 2016 BMW M4 GTS is an exclusive technological masterpiece, which elevates the performance of the BMW M4 Coupe to an impressive new level, making its North American Debut in Los Angeles. With its powerful, motorsport-inspired looks and high-performance technology, the BMW M4 GTS has its sights set on the racetrack. The BMW M4 GTS makes use of the multi-award-winning M TwinPower Turbo engine utilizing an innovative water injection system that boosts power to 493 bHP and 442 lb-ft allowing for a 0-60 mph sprint in 3.7 second. The track ready chassis and unbeatable engine performance ensured a lap time of 7 minutes 28 seconds around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife. This special edition is limited to around 700 units worldwide, with around 300 units of the exclusive high-performance Special Edition M4 available for the first time in the US market. The 2016 BMW M4 GTS will arrive in US showrooms in spring 2016 for $134,200 including $995 Destination & Handling.

The all-new BMW X1, making its North American debut, is the second generation of its successful predecessor model and features more robust overall proportions, more interior space for passengers and luggage alike, and additional innovative connectivity and groundbreaking BMW EfficientDynamics technology that is unparalleled in the segment. The BMW X1 xDrive28i will feature a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine producing 228 bHP and 258 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8 speed Steptronic automatic transmission, enabling the newest X family member to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The engine is coupled with the new BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology, which enhances sporting ability and ride. Currently in showrooms, the MSRP for the BMWX1 xDrive28 is $35,795 including $995 Destination & Handling.

The all-new BMW 7 Series is the brand's flagship in its sixth generation and once again sets the standard for modern luxury and performance, delivering the highest level of driving refinement in the premium segment. The 2016 BMW 7 Series makes its North American debut in Los Angeles, setting a new benchmark in lightweight design, driving dynamics, comfort, intelligent connectivity and intuitive operation. The BMW EfficientLightweight concept allows the new BMW 7 Series line-up a 190 pounds weight reduction in comparison to its predecessor. Groundbreaking Carbon Core passenger cell technology is the key element on the body structure by the extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and the strategic application of lightweight design to reduce weight and increase both the overall torsion strength and bending stiffness. Featuring BMWs newest and pioneering technologies such as Gesture Control, Wireless Charging and Display Key. An Active Kidney Grille will also be available for the first time in the US. The MSRP for the BMW 740i is $82,295, the $95,395 for the 750i Sedan and $98,395 for the BMW 750i xDrive all including $995 Destination & Handling.

In addition to these debut vehicles, BMW will showcase a number of other models at the Los Angeles Auto Show including the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW i8, and BMW i3.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e is the company's first eDrive Sports Activity Vehicle, charts the next chapter of BMW's ongoing EfficientDynamics initiative. Benefitting from the groundbreaking work with BMW i on electromobility, the X5 xDrive40e combines the company's award-winning 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine with an electric motor integrated into its 8-speed automatic transmission. The BMW X5 xDrive40e can travel approximately 14 miles on pure electric propulsion, powered by a lithium-ion battery, ideally suited for short commutes and quick trips around town yielding an impressive 56 MPGe. Combined, the gasoline engine and electric motor put out 308 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the X5 xDrive40e from 0-60mph in just 6.5 seconds. This Sports Activity Vehicle features BMW xDrive, the company's intelligent all-wheel drive system, for optimal stability and traction under all road conditions. The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e is available in US showrooms for $63,095 including $995 Destination & Handling.

The BMW i8 is the first eDrive 2+2 sports-car from BMW. It sits at the pinnacle of the
BMW i lineup of visionary vehicles which are purpose built from the ground up as electric and hybrid electric, constructed primarily from lightweight carbon fiber. Currently in showrooms and priced at $141,695 including $995 Destination & Handling, the MY2016 BMW i8 features Laser Lights available as an option for the first time in the US, enhancing its athletic design and sleek, low slung exterior. The BMW i8 operates with extremely high fuel efficiency boasting a US EPA rating of 76 MPGe combined. It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph.

The BMW i3, constructed from the ground up primarily from lightweight carbon fiber, features a 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor that propels the vehicle from 0-60 mph in approximately 7.2 seconds. The BMW i3 is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery and will travel approximately 81 miles of emission-free driving. The BMW i3 offers interior space comparable to the legendary BMW 3 Series on a shorter overall body. Its 32.4-foot turning circle and a relatively long wheelbase make it agile and engaging to drive, yet ideally suited to driving in dense urban areas. With a combined rating of 124 MPGe, the BMW i3 is the most efficient electric as rated by the US EPA. Currently in showrooms, the BMW i3 has a base MSRP of $43,395, before any federal or state incentives, including $995 for Destination & Handling.

The limited edition BMW i3 Shadow Sport (BEV) with Fluid Black exterior paint color and dark grey cloth interior with blue highlights (Deka World) is making its premiere at this year's LAAS. The BMW i3 Shadow Sport Edition features a moonroof and a sport tuned suspension complimented by 19 inch wheels. A Limited Edition Plaque marks all 50 vehicles produced and is available for $48,395 including Destination & Handling.

Throughout the Los Angeles Auto Show, follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BMWLAAS.

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