After we saw the i3 Concept, the Bavarian manufacturer decided to make an even smaller version of its upcoming electric car: ladies and gentlemen, this is the Bmw i3 Concept Coupe. Set to make its world debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show, the new i3 Concept Coupe represents a pioneering form of urban mobility that makes sustainability awareness an intrinsic part of the premium profile.
The car is powered by an electric motor, which delivers a maximum output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft). Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. Energy comes from the lithium-ion storage cells under the floor.
The battery units have the effect of lowering the centre of gravity considerably, which further adds to the vehicle's sensationally agile handling.
In terms of design, the car is in fact a shorter version of the i3 Concept with three doors and an impressive Solar Orange metallic finish. Moreover, the car features a high-gloss black finish on the bonnet, roof and boot lid, as well as on the body's black lower edge. Measuring 3,964 millimetres in length, 1,768 wide and 1,555 high, the BMW i3 Concept Coupe can be noted for its highly individual proportions.
What is more interesting is that the wheelbase is unchanged from that of the standard BMW i3 at 2,570 millimetres. Inside, the car offers the sense of spaciousness typical of the BMW i brand and it is combined with an exclusive lounge-style ambience in the two individual rear seats.
BMW has long had a specific design language for the i models. However, when this same design language was placed in a coupe concept, the result is a vehicle having a body whose style clearly reveals it is fun to drive while ensuring sustainable mobility. Because of this, the new i3 Concept Coupe reveals lightness, efficiency, premium quality, and safety.
Values long held by the brand. Of course, the dynamic performance is still there. Its front apron for instance has those black embedded components intended to give an air curtain effect and channel the airflow to the area within the wheel arches. Meanwhile, the lower region of the rear apron has a diffuser component which ensures that the flow conditions to the back and underside of the vehicle are optimized. On the sides are the exclusive Frozen Grey matt which heighten the visual appearance and provide an excellent contrast to the sill lines and kidney grille.
The BMW badge is in Stream Blue and can be seen not just on the front and the rear but even on the wheel hubs. Not surprising though as these are long considered to be specific features of i models. The license plate holder on the other hand has a Solar Orange border with the U-shaped light clusters in the rear integrated to the rear window. This is the same treatment done on the i3 Concept.
Still on the exterior, the color theme and surfaces have been done in a manner that it is able to showcase the construction method known as LifeDrive architecture. The main component of this principle is the use of “layering” or overlapping levels. What it does is represent the exceptional relationship of the design elements presented by the Life and Drive modules with striking construction.
It also serves as the transparency for a design that is able to strengthen the sustainability of this concept vehicle. A good example is how the carbon-fiber material was used by the Life module. When the door is opened, it can clearly be seen on the roof pillars and the entrance area. This same area is also where one can observe the CFRP two-dimensional laminate, which is usually utilized for load-bearing elements.
Further, the composition of the material becomes obvious at this point. Meanwhile the bodywork that is around rear sidewalls, doors, and wheel arches come in a Solar Orange metallic color, much like the border of the license plate holder. This particular warm shade was made specifically for the i3 Concept Coupe. It is able to contrast the black color of the lower edge and the high-gloss black finish of the boot lid, roof, and bonnet.