MotoMan drives 2017 BMW i3 REx (94 Ah)May 15, 2017
The BMW i3 isn’t the most beloved electric car on the market. It gets quite a bit of flak for not having the range of of Tesla Model S, or even a Chevy Bolt, and for being strange looking. However, if one keeps an open mind, the BMW i3 is actually good at making friends. As evidenced by this video review from MotoMan.
In the two-part video review, we get to learn about its technical specs, how its made and how it drives in a variety of different circumstances. At first, MotoMan wasn’t expecting to like the car. He’s not sold on the design, doesn’t really like the interior and slams it for its cost. But after driving it for a week, he actually grew quite accustomed to it. Here’s why.
We all know by know that the BMW i3’s passenger cell is developed from Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) and is one single piece, like a McLaren. We also know that the passenger cell’s plastics come from recycled materials and that it’s developed in a plant in Washinton State that runs on wind and water power. But that isn’t just a gimmick for BMW to sell i3s to hipsters, it’s designed to keep the car incredibly light and rigid. The low curb weight and sold feel actually make the i3 a great little car to drive.
Its lightweight chassis allows it to actually be pretty quick. With only 170 hp, the BMW i3 can get from 0-60 mph in a touch over 7 seconds, which is quicker than most EVs on the market not named Tesla. And because it’s rear-wheel drive, it feels quite neutral and balanced through corners, making it far more fun that expected. The regenerative braking can take some getting used to, as it’s so aggressive it really creates one-pedal driving that can throw people off at first, but it grows on you.
Overall MotoMan seemed impressed at how he felt about the BMW i3 after spending some time with it. He claims that he actually enjoyed driving it a lot, even after driving a Porsche 911 Targa. Plus, his dog liked it, too. And if you don’t trust a dog, well I’m not sure we can trust you.