The BMW i3 Concept Coupe sharply
focuses the spotlight on the dynamic performance that can be
achieved with the purely
electric version of the BMW eDrive technology. Like the BMW
i3 Concept, the Coupe is also propelled by an electric motor
developed by the BMW Group, which develops a maximum output of
125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft),
and channels its instantaneous power delivery to the rear wheels
via a single-speed transmission. The electric motor draws its
energy from the lithium-ion storage cells under the floor.
Positioning the battery units here has the effect of lowering
the centre of gravity considerably, which further adds to the
vehicle’s sensationally agile handling.
The LifeDrive concept for the BMW
i vehicle architecture is instrumental in enabling a brand new
vehicle character to be married so harmoniously with BMW eDrive,
a technology that is already nearing production standard. The
horizontally split construction consisting of two self-contained
elements intrinsically focuses on the technical requirements of
the electric drive train, and helps to produce a design concept,
sense of spaciousness and driving experience that are unique to
BMW i cars.
The passenger cell forms the
core of the Life module, which is built from carbon
fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). BMW i is scaling new heights
for automotive engineering by making such extensive use of this
high-tech material. Because it is extremely light yet very
strong too, CFRP opens up tremendous scope for design and
therefore has all the right credentials for translating the
inimitable and unmistakable BMW i design idiom into a wide array
of variants. On the BMW i3 Concept Coupé, the drive system,
chassis and energy storage unit, along with the structural and
crash functions, are once again incorporated into the Drive
module that is made chiefly of aluminium.
Measuring 3,964 millimetres in
length, 1,768 wide and 1,555 high, the BMW i3 Concept Coupe can
be noted for its highly individual proportions. When compared
directly to the BMW i3 Concept, the new study has a broader,
lower-slung look that serves to highlight its agile nature at
first glance. The wheelbase, on the other hand, is unchanged
from that of the standard BMW i3 at 2,570 millimetres.