Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: BMW i3 image

BMW has officially pulled the wraps off the final production version of the i3 during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, in a world premiere.

BMW’s “i” brand is grabbing everyone’s attention in Frankfurt and one of the most important car of the automotive event is definitely the i3. The model in question has already made its debut a few months ago but this is the first time when the public gets to see it up close. The BMW i3 is available in shades like the Capparis White, Solar Orange, Arravani Grey, Silver, Laurel Grey and Andesite Silver.

The model is powered by an electric motor which is producing a total output of 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm of torque (184 lb-ft). This is being sent to the rear-wheel drive through a single-speed transmission. The lithium-ion battery, which is providing the juice for the electric motor, has been placed in the floor, in order to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity.

The total driving range of the BMW i3 stands at 130 – 160 km (81 – 99 miles). The model is also coming with a range extender, which is optional, in the shape of a 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine, which is providing 34 HP. The internal combustion engine has been placed next to the electric motor, above the rear axle. This isn’t affecting the luggage capacity as the fuel tank sits in the front. The range has been extended by 100 km (62 miles) with the petrol engine. The BMW i3’s starting price in the U.S. will be set at 41,350 USD, before state or federal incentives, once the model will go on sale in the second quarter of 2014.