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2018 BMW i3 & i3s
The i3, BMW’s small electric car, is receiving an overhaul for the 2018 model year. The first major part of the news is that there will be an i3s model with additional power and a sportier styling. Secondly, the vehicles will both be offered with a mileage extender. On top of this, the BMW i3 and i3s will have the new iDrive 6 system with Apple CarPlay. This may not seem like much but it is a step forward for the i3 electric car.
125 kW Electric Motor with 168 Horsepower
The BMW i3 sports a 125 kW electric motor producing 168 horsepower on the base model. The i3’s base battery option is a 21.6-kWh (Kilowatt Hours) lithium-ion battery pack. There is also an optional battery pack of 33.2 kWh to increase range by 33 miles. The base battery has 60 Ah while the larger battery has 94 Ah (Amp Hours). This causes the 60 Ah range to be 81 miles (130 km). For the 94 Ah, the range is 114 mi (183 km), a 33 mile difference. If the range extender is opted for, the i3 base battery mileage drops to 72 miles while the 94 Ah drops to 97 miles. The difference is made up with a 0.6-liter twin cylinder engine known as the range extender.
2018 BMW i3 Base Model
For the BMW i3, it has been 4 years since its introduction. Now, the i3 has 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. This means the i3 can complete 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. The top speed of this model is 93 mph. The base model MSRP is $44,450 while the range extender package ups the bill to $48,300.
2018 BMW i3s
For the BMW i3s, it is a brand new version of the i3 to be introduced for the 2018 model year. The i3s has 184 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. This leads the i3s to hit 60 mph in only 6.8 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the base i3. The top speed of the i3s is 100 mph, 7 mph faster than the base i3. The enhancements that place the i3s over the i3 include modified motor controls, tapered roller bearings, 20” wheels, sports suspension, and the Driving Dynamics Control System. Both the i3 and i3s are equipped with the iDrive 6 system integrated with Apple CarPlay.
BMW i3 is the New SMART Car
The 2018 BMW i3 and i3s are a step forward for the electric model. The four year old i3 had an overhaul while the i3s was introduced to the market. The i3s should attract customers looking for a cheap, sporty electric vehicle. Some may say it isn’t the prettiest car, it is BMW’s version of the SMART car. Overall, the 2018 BMW i3 and i3s should benefit BMW’s placement in the electric car market.
Lamborghini Centenario Roadster
The Centenario Roadster, a Lamborghini exclusive sports car, is worth $2,265,000. At this price, it is more expensive than the Bugatti Veyron. The Lamborghini Centenario Roadster is a convertible version of the Centenario. The base Lamborghini Centenario is still worth $1.9 million dollars, a large sum for a car. For this price, the Centenario Roadster includes a few goodies.
6.5-Liter V12 with 770 Horsepower
In the rear hood, the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster sports a 6.5-liter V12. This V12 engine produces 770 horsepower and 507 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the Centenario Roadster to hit 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds, 0.1 seconds slower than the base Centenario. With a top speed of around 217 mph, the Centenario Roadster is an extremely fast car. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting via paddle shifters.
A Lamborghini Spaceship
The interior of the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster looks like a spaceship. From its carbon fiber and suede to its incredible center console, the Centenario feels like something from outer space. With a 10-inch touch screen on the dash, the Centenario immerses the driver in technology. From Apple CarPlay to navigation, the Centenario withholds many new features. As expected, the Centenario is a leap forward in sports car interior design.
The Lamborghini Centenario Roadster’s beauty points don’t stop at the motor. On the front end of the vehicle, the Centenario’s front bumper is gated with vents. The hood has two vents which increase the sport appeal. As with most Lamborghini models, the side vents on the car are prominent as they are used to cool the engine. On the rear, the Centenario has a large rear diffuser as well as a rear spoiler that is extendable.
A $2,265,000 MSRP Priced Sports Car
Overall, the Lamborghini Centenario Roadster is an amazing sports car. Priced at over 2 million dollars, the Centenario is quite an exclusive car. Although it has such a high MSRP, the car has already sold out worldwide. Car collectors didn’t hesitate to put the money down on this beautiful machine of the future. In the end, the Centenario Roadster is a phenomenal car that is the new treasure in an auto collection for only a few.