Review: BMW i3S 2018

BMW have updated its i3 city car for 2018. The 2018 BMW i3s only $3,000 more than standard i3. This version comes with a 170-horsepower, 184-pound-foot electric motor that will send the i3 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds before topping out at 93 mph. There’s a new set of front and rear bumpers, and new standard features include LED headlights.

Its electric motor output is boosted to 184 hp and 199 torques, which drops 0.4 seconds off the acceleration time and extends the top speed to 100 mph. It gets sportier bumpers and a new suspension that lowers the car by 0.4 inches. It has an AC Electric Motor with rear-wheel drive, a 42 kWh high voltage battery and is fully charged in under 6 hours.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: i3 S
  • First available: October 2018
  • Electric/Hybrid: Electric
  • Seats: 4
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 6.8s
  • Range: 153 miles 246 km
  • Price: $47,650
    Price: €41'923
    Price: £37'666

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • Battery model: Lithium Ion
    • Battery capacity: 42 kWh Battery
    • Battery Range:
    • Electric drive unit: AC Electric Motor, All-electric 181-hp and 199 lb-ft of torque motor
  • Charge time

    • J1772 AC Fast charging capability (7.4 kW) Level 2 charge time = 0-100% (hr) 4.9
    • DC Fast charging capability (SAE Combo connector) DC 50 KW charge time = 0-80% (hr) 0.7

Innovation & Self-driving

The BMW i3S comes with the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay alongside an optional navigation upgrade. Additionally, it includes adaptive cruise control, parking sensors and autonomous emergency braking.

Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory includes most recently used climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings; exterior mirror settings; audio tone settings and radio presets; central-locking preferences.


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