BMW has released a video of the i3 Concept Coupé, which made its debut in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. In it are further details about the performance and range of the small electric car that will go on sale in late 2013.
The BMW i3 Concept Coupé can cover 160 kilometres on a full charge and recharge to 80% in less than 30 minutes (100% in six hours). With a 125 kW electric motor and a light weight of 1,250 kg (vs. 1,535 kg for the Nissan LEAF), it sprints from 0-60 km/h in four seconds.
The clean interior is accented with premium wood and leather, while the large side windows offer exceptional visibility from all seating positions. The controls are mounted on the steering wheel, and a unique display shows the driver the location of nearby charging stations.
At the same time as my esteemed colleague was off driving the new 2015 WRX in the Californian sun, I was stuck at home in well-below-zero temperatures and snow behind the wheel of a '14 Subaru Impreza. While the two may seem worlds apart, they are borne of the same basic instincts, and that's saying something.