After its initial launch earlier this year, BMW Malaysia today released the official retail price of its full-electric (BEV) i3S, at RM278,800. The official price is a smidge lower than the initial estimated price of RM279,900.
The i3S is now available at authorised BMW i dealerships, and offered with a 5-Year, unlimited mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service Programme, and BMW (24 month) Tyre Warranty Programme.
The i3S is the most powerful variant of the i3 city car range – which is also available as a Range Extender hybrid in selected markets – but the Malaysian market only receives the BEV version.
The i3S is powered by a synchronous electric motor which delivers 184 PS with a peak torque of 270Nm. Power is transmitted single-speed automatic transmission which powers the rear wheels. The i3s can sprint from 0-100 km/h in a hot-hatch rivaling 6.9 seconds.
Driving the motor is a 33.2 kWh lithium-ion battery located low in the vehicle floor, which provides the i3s with a combined range of 260km. The (optionally sold) i Wallbox Plus charger is able to recharge the i3S with up to 11kW of power in roughly three hours; good for a driving range of 180 km.
The i3S features sports suspension with custom-made springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars over the regular i3. A selectable Sport mode on the Driving Experience Control switch for a sharper driving experience. The i3S features a 10mm drop in ride height, with an increased track width of 40mm for sportier handling. It is also fitted with ‘Style 431’ 20-inch alloy wheels.
Sustainability is at the heart of the i3S’s design and construction. To minimise the effects to the environment, BMW engineers incorporated various natural, renewable resources and upcycled materials in the i3S – such as the instrument panel which is made out of open-pored eucalyptus wood, instead of conventional wood, door lining material which is made out of the Kenaf plant fibres instead of petroleum-based plastics or seat fabrics that are made out of 100 percent recycled polyester.
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