BMW i3 bids goodbye with a special gold paint


As you probably know, the BMW i3 is no longer a supermini hatchback; it has been promoted to an all-electric executive sedan, albeit exclusive to the Chinese market currently. The production officially came to an end by the end of June this year, after selling over 250,000 units worldwide for nearly 9 years. As a tribute to the model, BMW sold 18 gold-colored special edition i3s in Germany.

The cars were handed over to their new owners at the BMW Welt in München, Germany. Of course, it’s really a dual-tone paint where only the lower half of the body is painted in Galvanic Gold metallic, with the rest of the car in what appears to be gloss black. The front doors feature a decal that says “Steig Ein!” (German for “Hop in!”), but I’m pretty sure the owners don’t want some random strangers hopping into their cars, so they’ll probably take it off.


But anyway, inside, the seats feature a multi-tone upholstery with shades of gray and blue colors. I’m not entirely sure of the gold paint on the outside, but I do like the colors on the seat. But I guess the gold paint alludes to the copper color? I’m not sure of that either.


The i3 was available in two variants: i3 and i3s, with the latter offering 135 kW (184 metric hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) from a single rear electric motor. A 28 kW/38 metric hp 2-cylinder range extender engine was available as an option on both variants. In 2018, both variants got a larger 42.2 kWh battery pack, up from 33 kWh, claiming a WLTP range of up to 260 km (162 mi). The MY 2022 i3s claimed a WLTP combined range of up to 281 km (175 mi).

What’s gonna replace the i3? Well, not the i3 sedan obviously, but probably the iX1.

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