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BMW i3s: The new electric sports car at the IAA 2017

As the most innovative electric car in the compact segment, the BMW i3 has made a lot of friends since 2013. In light of the IAA the Bavarians have expanded their portfolio to include an even more dynamic version – the BMW i3s. First live pictures from Frankfurt

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Crisper, wider and slightly more dynamic than his recently facelifted conventional twin: the BMW i3s fulfills all the sporty desires of i3 drivers, who were not yet entirely met. The built-in standard Driving Experience Control of all BMWs now provides a sport mode in the i3s, that refines the characteristic curve of the throttle and the already very direct steering is explicitly laid out for agility.

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Slightly wider tires, the specially developed sports suspension with 10 millimeters lowering as well as a generously tuned DSC ensures new perspectives in the area of lateral dynamics. The slightly provoked drift angle on a wet track is to be soon condoned by the skid control.

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The i3s also notches up its propulsion: instead of 170 HP there are now 184 available HP. The corresponding 270 Nm of torque allow for an acceleration from a standstill to the country lane speed limit of 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds. Who already has had the pleasure of driving an i3 through the city – for example with BMW’s car sharing-program DriveNow – can imagine the increased vigor.

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Visually, the BMW i3s is also clearly identifiable as a sports version. Modified bumpers and an extended wheelhouse create a vibrant appearance. The prevalent question: Range? As with the conventional i3, the i3s has a 94 Ah-Battery at its disposal, which, according to BMW, should allow for a 200 kilometer range under the assumption of day-to-day operations.

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If you prefer emancipation from the e-power grid, an optional Range Extender can be obtained. Then a 34 HP two-cylinder combustion engine operates in the rear, that serves as a generator and maintains battery charge. Thus the radius of motion without having to recharge or stop for gas is increased to up to 330 kilometers.

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The price of the new BMW i3s begins at 41,150 Euros. Including the Range Extender the athletic electric vehicle starts from 45,750 Euros.

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Translation: Hanna Coco

Published: 14. September 2017

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Jonas Eling is a freelance motoring journalist. He writes for Germanys AUTO ZEITUNG as well as one of the largest BMW magazines in the world - german Bimmertoday.

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