Most of us will have seen the advertising for this 'advanced little piece of plastic'. I was a fairly major skeptic. It all started with the irritating 'i' name. Are we not done with this moniker by now? I'm surprised that a global auto company used it for they're flagship vehicles.
The electric car craze has also not sat well with me. What do we do with the batteries when they are done? How safe are they? Charging infrastructure, or lack there of? Swooping with effortless torque around town in silent splendor is great for the driver, but what about cyclists/pedestrians?
A quick trip to Munich last weekend introduced me to the 'carbon container'. (The BMW i8 was also on display but more on that in another post.) There I stood, camera in hand, dubious thoughts in head. Only to be won over before I even opened the suicide doors. Is it just me or do we all get a giggle when we open a reverse rear door. My Dad's beloved Citroen Light 15 also featured the suicide layout.
The small footprint reveals a fairly spacious interior. With the wheels pushed out to each corner and a long wheelbase, I was even able to squeeze my 6'2" frame into the back. It's a real delight inside this modern marvel. I couldn't help but smile at the neat dash, lovely one-piece seats and airy feel. I found it very different to most other cabins and could be very happy behind the unusual 2 spoke steering wheel.
Neat touches abound and the car feels very nicely put together, like all BMW products. I didn't get to drive it on this occasion so I cant report on dynamics. As electric/hybrid vehicles go, the i3 is the only one that I would actually lust after. That's not to say that I'm still an internal combustion kind of guy but this vehicle is a huge step up.
Safe to say.....I loved it.
I would love to hear your opinion?
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