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BMW i3 Coupe Concept Gets Us Closer to BMW's First All-Electric Model

BMW has unveiled its latest electric concept car, the i3 Coupe Concept, which takes the design of the original i3 concept, but is a bit sportier. The i3 Coupe Concept is going to have its world debut this week at the 2012 LA Auto Show. According to BMW, the i3 Coupe Concept could eventually become a possible variant of the upcoming i3 electric car.


BMW states that the i3 Coupe Concept's carbon-fiber body features a design that is largely shaped by the gracefully flowing coupe roof line and the fresh interpretation of the BMW i "stream flow" design that can be seen in the side window styling, and gives an instant impression of lightness, transparency and streamlined aerodynamic qualities.


Like the BMW i3 Concept, the Coupe is powered by an electric motor with a maximum output of 170 hp and 184 lb-ft. of torque. The electric motor sends its power to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The electric motor draws its energy from the lithium-ion storage cells under the floor. BMW positioned the battery units under the floor to lower the concept's center of gravity, which will benefit the concept's handling.


Inside the i3 Coupe Concept features a mixture of leather, wood, wool and other renewable raw materials. Riders in the back two seats will enjoy a lounge-like ambiance. Stay tuned for all the photos from the show.


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