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NAIAS: BMW unveils a concept 4 Series Coupe

Its i3 Coupe electronic sports car will hit the road later this year
Wed Jan 16 2013, 17:52

DETROIT: AUTO COMPANY BMW introduced a Concept 4 Series Coupe at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), revealing that its latest electronic sports car, the i3 Coupe will be available later this year.

BMW stand at the NAIAS Detroit

BMW's head of North America, Ludwig Willisch spoke at a press conference at the carmaker's stand on Tuesday, introducing the car as "a new chapter in BMW's history".

Willisch explained that the firm's fresh concept vehicle is like no other vehicle it's created due to its "unique combination of presence, elegance and dynamics".

For example, at the front of the vehicle, the kidney shaped grill is closed off to enhance aerodynamics, and the headlights feature hexagonal LEDs, connecting the headlights and grill.


BMW said it has also extended the wheelbase to set the car in motion before the driver steps on the pedal.

"The dynamic sophistication on the outside of the Concept 4 Series also defines the inside," Willisch said. "From the sustainably-tanned leather to the natural Chestnut wood trim, the driver and passengers are surrounded in craftsmanship and exclusivity."

Not only unveiling a new Coupe, BMW also revealed at the show that its electric concept sports car, the i3 Coupe will be hitting local dealerships in the US "later this year".

Unveiled last year, the i3 Coupe is touted as "the mobility of tomorrow", offering what BMW claims to be the world's first all-electric series production model.

To appeal more to the sports car market, BMW has made the car wider with a flowing design that can be seen through the plastic that wraps around from the grill along the window line and plunges down across the rear.

BMW shows off its i3 coupe electric concept car in Detroit

Powered by a rear-mounted electric motor with 170 horsepower, the i3 Coupe will accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than 8 seconds - a pretty impressive feat for an all-electric car.

BMW said on a full charge, the i3's lithium-ion battery will also last for 100 miles of travel in mixed driving conditions. However, more aggressive drivers should expect that figure to drop.

Emitting no CO2 while driving, BMW said the i3 Coupe is aimed towards the city dweller, due to a high seating position that provides a better view of what's going on around the driver.

Also shown off at BMW's display stand was its recently announced plug-in hybrid supercar, the i8 Spyder.

BMW shows off its i8 concept supercar the i8 spyder in Detroit

Thus far, the low-riding i8 has only been seen on test tracks, but BMW gave car enthusiasts a closer look at the NAIAS.

Detailed specifications as to the top speed and petrol type are yet to be revealed by BMW, but we do know that the rear of the car features a 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine, reaching at least 20 miles driving in electric mode before switching to gas.

BMW shows off its 83 concept car at the NAIAS in Detroit

Because the i8 Spyder is still a concept car, BMW did not announce a release date for it or any of these other cars to reach Europe. µ


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