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The production BMW i3 will be revealed soon – on Monday, July 29. And BMW has now released the first production model details and specs.

Near 50:50 weight distribution
DIN curb weight of 1,195 kilograms, (2,630 lbs)
Small turning circle (32.3 ft or 9.86 meters)

Electric motor outputs 170hp (125 kW) and peak torque of 184 lb-ft (250 Nm), which is on tap immediately.
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Here is the production i3 in its most revealing look yet – more than 90% revealed. The i3 will be officially unveiled on July 29, 2013.

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The BMW i8 Roadster won the North American Concept Car of the year Award in 2012 and it has been crowned again this year, now as the Best Production Preview Vehicle. The Production Preview category recognizes those vehicles based on a model that has already been announced or planned for production.

The awards are given to the best Production Preview Vehicle, Concept Car, Concept Truck/SUV, Specialty Concept, and Most Significant Concept Vehicle of each auto show season. To be eligible for the awards, a concept vehicle … CONTINUED

BMW i3 to be Unveiled July 29

07/01/2013 at 5:10 PM
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BMW teases the unveil of the i3 electric car, coming on July 29.

BMW i3 Leaked Patent Drawings

06/28/2013 at 6:05 PM
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The patent designs of the upcoming production BMW i3 electric car has been revealed.

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The production BMW i3 will finally make its debut this Summer and as BMW’s first electric car available for purchase, there’s plenty of anticipation for it as 100,000 people are reported to have reservations to test drive the i3.

The following video demos some of the connectivity / infotainment features of the i3 concept, previewing some (if not all) of the features to expect in the production i3. Also re-posted below are videos explaining the philosophies and technologies behind the BMW i3 (and i8) and BMW’s … CONTINUED

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Chief of BMW Sales, Ian Robertson, has shared that the company has approximately 100,000 reservations worldwide for test drives of the soon to be debuted BMW i3 electric car. However, some of those interested apparently don’t even need test drives to be convinced as there are also already a “significant numbers of deposits” for the i3.

With this amount of interest already, Robertson goes on to say that “We are confident that with the i3 and i8 we will shift the [customer demand] needle because we … CONTINUED

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BMW i will soon launch its very first production model when it introduces the production BMW i3 within the next few months.

This set of videos explain much about the philosophies and technologies behind the BMW i3 (and i8), as well as BMW’s commitment and investment in mass producing carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which will eventually be used extensively in regular BMW models, such as the next gen 2016 7 Series (G11).

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Here are some previews of the upcoming production BMW i8 hybrid electric sports car, in multiple colors, courtesy of BIMMERPOST member kv12.

These should be very accurate since they are based on our most recent i8 spy photos.

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BMW i8 testing continues and this prototype is the most revealing we’ve seen yet.

The thick rear camouflage has been dropped to reveal the production model’s rear shape and design. It mostly retains the look of the i8 concept model. We also get a look at the turn signals, reverse light position and the LED bars of the tail lights. The front now reveals a large portion of the headlights.

For the first time we get a look at the i8′s production wheels, a 5 (or 10 … CONTINUED

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German based Solarwatt and BMW have partnered to provide a solar-panel system to be placed on home/garage roofs as part of a broader support system for the upcoming BMW i3 and i8 vehicles. The systems will be branded as 360° ELECTRIC which aim to be both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, bringing efficient solar powered charging to your car.

Potential customers will be able to purchase the Solarwatt system at the same time as they purchase their BMWi or at a later time. The goal … CONTINUED

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The highlight of the BMW display at the 2013 Auto Shanghai show is the BMW Concept X4 [full gallery], but there are other highlights and (Asian) debuts at the show.

Here is a gallery showing some of these other models.

F30 with M Performance Parts
Concept Active Tourer
i8 Concept
i3 Concept
3 Series GT M Sport
M6 Gran Coupe

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We have posted countless spy photos and videos of the upcoming BMW i8 hybrid sports car, but we’ve yet to spy it on an actual track… until now. BMW trotted this i8 mule out to the Nurburgring this week and we managed to capture it on the Nurburgring for the first time.

The i8 is expected to boast 354hp / 500Nm torque, 0-62 mph in approximately 4.6 seconds, top speed of 155mph, 78 MPG (european test cycle), up to 47 MPG average fuel consumption, with just … CONTINUED

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More on BMW i: http://www.bimmerpost.com/bmwi/

The best of both Worlds: BMW presents the new plug-in-hybrid-technology, built into the BMW Concept Active Tourer. For the first time, BMW combined two different drive concepts in one car: A BMW TwinPower Turbo combustion engine [more info] and an electric engine. The concept vehicle combines comfort and functionality with dynamic performance and style.

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First interior listen and view of the sensations in the i8, during a ride along by EVO.

Towards the end of the clip, it’s confirmed that the i8 will receive the same Active Sound Design from recent models such as the F10 M5 and M135i to enhance the i8′s sounds in the interior.

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The first BMW i3 and i8 preview ride-alongs have taken place and the initial reactions are in.

We’ll have to wait at least several months for the actual press drives, which will of course yield more hands-on and deeper insights/reviews of the i3 and i8.

Autocar chimes in first with their impressions from the ride along in the i3 and i8:

“It doesn’t take long to realise the BMW i3 is already at an advanced state of development. The prototype I rode in felt solid, even if there … CONTINUED

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The BMW i8 hybrid sports car prototype continues testing throughout the winter, this time spotted in northern Sweden.

The latest prototypes show:

The BMW i8 hybrid sports car prototype continues testing throughout the winter, this time spotted in northern Sweden.

The latest prototypes show:

Classic Hoffmeister kink has now been revealed.
• Kidney grilles now more visible than ever.
• Sideskirts now match the concept i8.
• Side view mirrors are sportier and extend out further, for a more exotic look.
• Door handles have been deleted from the doors and moved to … CONTINUED

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Part 2 of the 2012 Year in Review from BMW, revisiting this past year’s concepts, designs, and historical moments.