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2017 BMW i3 / i3s

How to proceed if you have a very innovative product, but still have to compete against conventional competition? Probably the i3 was so far a grant product. This is the consequence if you boldly invest in carbon technology. But it should have been good for the BMW image, anyway.

However, if the pressure on profitability obviously now grows, BMW return to old structures. The question is whether this can be agreed with the product. Finally, it is a fully electrified vehicle, which is now looking forward to an additional range with advanced battery technology.

The i3s is a quicker and more sporty variant. It now has 135 kW (184 hp) rather than 125 kW (170 hp) of the i3 and can run upto a maximum of 160 km/h instead of 150 km/h fast. That would be possible with 125 kW, too. Similarities with the team hierarchy in race stables, where the second has to let pass the first, may be possible.

20 Nm more has the i3S, good for 6.9 seconds from zero to 100 km. Almost silly it is with the wheels. The i3 had until now beautiful narrow ones, to an E-car fitting, at the rear two numbers more if ordered with the Range Extender. Two steps broader than these are the standard wheels on the i3s now, which adds up to incredible 195/50 R 20.

This may really be an advantage when braking, but its poison for the range. Thus, due to higher consumption after the EU cycle, almost 10 per cent of the just acquired range are gone immediately. There remains the question of whether a car built with quite new technology tolerates the prevailing ways of thinking. By the way what has to be understood under a 'one-stage automatic transmission'. 08/17

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