Sunday, August 11, 2013

i3 Modifications, a Sport Version and Fun

I found this photoshopped i3 on Bimmerpost. It looks to me like the creator has the right idea!
Now that we've seen the production i3 and BMW has revealed most of the specifications, I'm ready to begin the modifications! Evidently someone on the Bimmerpost forums is ready also because he used his photoshop skills and went to work on creating his own autocross-ready i3. I like it! It's even in the Laural Gray that I'm leaning towards so that made it all the better.

So this gets me wondering if BMW even realizes there are people out there that will want to modify their i3. BMW has already said there won't be an M version of the i3 and I conformed that with a program manager recently, but that doesn't mean they won't offer modification parts for those interested. After all, BMW cars are some of the most modified of any manufacturer. I hope they aren't under the assumption that just because i3 customers are concerned with things like sustainability, environmental issues, energy policies or just like driving electric that they won't share the same enthusiasm for driving as their combustion car customers do.

I'll take it one step further. Even if they don't cross pollinate the i and M brands, they could still make an i3 Sport version. Give it a special interior, offer it in a unique, bold exterior color, beef up the suspension, put on some real tires and give it a little more torque and HP(I'm sure they can do that with the same motor they have with very little tweaking) and you'll have a 6 second 0-60 car that will have better handling than 90% of all the sports cars out there. Sure it will probably cut 10 miles or so off the range but I think there are many of us out there willing to make that sacrifice.

I know BMW knows the market, and they know people want fun. Even if they are driving a "futuristic, sustainably manufactured" car. All that's great, but it's nothing if it's not fun. :)

6 comments:

  1. It's a BMW, there will be modification parts offered and they will be very expensive you can be sure of that

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  2. And perhaps a 205 HP motor to go with. There is plenty of room in motor area of the car. I think they will need a larger motor as they climb up to the i5 and i7.

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  3. If they did offer performance add-ons or a M sport package, I'd like an optional extra battery that fits in the empty space intended for the ReX generator. Although I still like to get the heat pump.

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    1. They would never put any battery in that area. If there is any chance of a larger battery in the future it would have to fit in the battery case below the passenger compartment. Maybe there is space in there or perhaps the case can be made a little larger, but will not be separate battery modules in the i3. Believe me on this one.

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    2. Yes, that reasoning makes complete sense for me too. Additionally, there will be no towable accessories from BMW, such as a REx trailer for the BEV trim. Perhaps 3rd parties will venture down that route, but both of these design approaches just don't make much sense for a major automaker to consider.

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    3. Yeah I know, like some people I'll be buying my i3 without the ReX and I just thought it would be nice to fill the void.

      ,CDspeed

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