High-performance electric motor and distinctive styling give BMW i3s sportier profile
The BMW i3 urban vehicle has electrified drivers and critics alike since its debut more than four years ago, delivering on the promise of BMW’s brand of luxury seamlessly meshing with zero emissions driving. Never content to idle when a great thing can be made better, BMW is introducing the first ever BMW i3s, which ups the ante with a higher output electric motor, new SPORT mode and unique aesthetic styling and chassis tuning.
The 2018 BMW i3s alters the distinctive styling of its forbearer only slightly, but the changes are meaningful. Up front, the BMW i3s gets BMW i Blue or Frozen Grey accent strips and uniquely shaped and finished front fascia contours. The rear apron also receives unique contours, as well as an extra-wide, body-colored inlay surrounded in black. Up top, the roofline accent is finished in high-gloss black for a more aggressive look.
A specially-tuned sports suspension also gives the 2018 BMW i3s a ride height that is 10 millimeters lower than the i3. This, along with a 40-millimeter increase in track width, gives the i3s a more formidable stance, which is further emphasized by wider 20-inch light-alloy double-spoke wheels, available in either bicolor or Jet Black finish.
Arguably the most significant change with the 2018 BMW i3s is the addition of a high-output electric motor that increases output by up to 40 percent at higher speeds from the BMW i3 to 181 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. When the new SPORT mode is selected via the BMW i3s’ Driving Dynamics Control switch, the BMW i3s can accelerate from 0-35 mph in just 3.7 seconds and from 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds. A sport-tuned suspension — including unique springs, dampers and anti-roll bar — improves handling and control for even more balance on city streets and the highway.
Even with the additional power, the BMW i3s remains incredibly efficient. It delivers a total electric range of up to 107 miles and an EPA-estimated 112 MPGe, and an optional range extender only increases capabilities for added confidence. As fashionable as it is revolutionary, the BMW i3s is the zero-emissions daily driver for the individual who demands exhilaration.