Any Questions About the 2017 BMW i3? Cause We’ve Got One!
BMW claims the 2017 i3 with Range Extender has a total driving range of 180 miles. We intend to use every one of them on a trip to the Texas Gulf Coast.
We’ve driven BMW’s entry-level 5, top-of-the-line X4, and flagship 7 Series. We’ve felt the turbocharged rush of 4, 6, and 12 cylinders. Now we’re going to spend a week driving the i3, BMW’s smallest and cheapest electric car.
For the 2017 model year, BMW offers three versions of the i3. Two of them are purely electric; one has a 22-kWh battery pack with 60 Amp Hours (AH) of cell capacity, and the other has a 33-kWh/94-AH battery pack.
We received the third version of the i3, which comes with the larger battery pack, backed up by a 2-cylinder range-extending gas engine. Output from the eDrive motor is rated at 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. BMW loaded our test vehicle with the Giga World interior environment, Parking Assistance Package, and Tech + Driving Assistance Package, giving it an as-tested price of $54,295.
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Of course, we’ll be taking the i3 around the suburbs and the city, checking out how robust the charging infrastructure in Austin, Texas is (we expect the answer will end up being “very”). If the weather cooperates, we’ll also be taking the i3 from Central Texas to the Gulf Coast for a little fun at the beach. Since that’ll involve 3+ hours of driving, we’ll be sure to fully charge the battery before we go and fill up the 2.4-gallon gas tank every chance we get.
If you have any questions about what it’s like to drive the 2017 BMW i3 with Range Extender, feel free to ask them at the bottom of this post via Facebook or on the 5Series Facebook page.
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