BMW i3S Flashes Its Minuscule Upgrades

BMW’s hot new i3S has been revealed to the world at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show. While it’s not the most attractive model on BMW’s stand, it certainly adds some style to the facelifted i3.

The visual differences between the regular i3 and i3S are minor but the latter does adopt a set of slightly larger horizontal fog lights and a more aggressive front bumper. Additionally, it rolls on a set of distinctive wheels and in show guise adopts a red and black two-tone paint scheme.

Beneath the updated bodywork, the i3S utilizes an updated electric motor delivering 184 hp and 199 lb-ft (269 Nm) of torque. This is enough to accelerate the car to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 99 mph (160 km/h).

Further changes welcomed by the sporty i3 variant include revised suspension components and wider wheels.

Order books for the i3S and the facelifted i3 have been opened in numerous markets, including the UK where the base i3 starts at £34,070 ($45,347) and the i3S from £36,975 ($49,213).


  • Bash

    Mixed feelings, but its really not up my alley!

  • Benjamin B.

    What GM needs is another reason not to buy – or even lease – a Chevrolet Bolt. Not really.

  • Dennis James

    I think the i3 served well as a BMW electric technology testbed. I drove one and it’s really quite nice, it doesn’t feel like a BMW but it’s quick to accelerate and roomy inside (very small boot though). The range is quite low, however, basically it cannot even replace your second car.

    But now it’s time for some real cars, BMW !

  • TheBelltower

    I really like this car. It’s much torquier than the numbers would suggest, and the interior is amazing. The range is unacceptable, but the availability of the Rex version makes it much more practical for long trips. Still, for an EV, the range is bad. Really wish that BMW would have fixed that.


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