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BMW Reveals i3s, Updated i3 Model

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BMW has revealed the all-new i3s, alongside an updated i3 model, both of which will premiere at next month’s International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

The German manufacturer has upped its electric game, with the bestselling compact battery-electric vehicle in the premium subcompact segment getting a number of upgrades, including a wider track, new design lines and optimized dynamic stability control.

Additionally, a two-cylinder ranger extender gasoline engine will be available as an option for all i3 models for the first time, extending the car’s overall range to an estimated maximum of 180 miles.

The BMW i3 will continue to be powered by a synchronous electric motor, capable of 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, which will see the car go from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds with an electric top speed of 93 mph.

The more sportier i3s model, meanwhile, will feature sports suspension, specifically developed springs, dampers and anti-roll bars.

A dedicated sport mode will also be available in the new-for-2018 model.

Further details, including pricing and availability for both the i3 and i3s, are expected to be made available next month.

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