BMW i3 vs Opel Ampera-e

In Europe, the BMW i3 is doing very well. Maybe not so much in Germany, as the i3’s home country actually doesn’t buy many EVs, but everywhere else in Europe seems to like the BMW i3 quite a bit. The plucky little electric BMW is one of t...

In Europe, the BMW i3 is doing very well. Maybe not so much in Germany, as the i3’s home country actually doesn’t buy many EVs, but everywhere else in Europe seems to like the BMW i3 quite a bit. The plucky little electric BMW is one of the best-selling EVs in Europe, but it isn’t without competition and there seems to be more one the way. We already know quite a bit about the Chevy Bolt, here in America. However, our friends across the pond are getting their own version of the Bolt, in the form of the Opel Ampera-e. The Opel Ampera-a will compete directly with the BMW i3 in Europe and has a real chance to give the i3 a sweat. The Ampera-e will be debuting at the Paris Auto Show this upcoming Autumn, but won’t hit dealers until next spring. Mechanically, the Opel Ampera-e will be identical to the American Chevy Bolt. This means 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque from its electric motor, a 0-62 mph sprint in under seven seconds and a total range of around 300 kilometers. In comparison to the BMW i3, which packs 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, can do 0-62 in the low seven second range and can only do around 128 km, the Ampera-e looks quite impressive.

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While the BMW i3 will likely be the sportier driving car of the two, and will be the lightest thanks to its carbon fiber passenger cell, the Ampera-e will be considerably cheaper. The idea that customers can get a city car that can travel even further than the i3 for much less money is one that could be very appealing. It’s also even a bit roomier on the inside of the Ampera-e than on the BMW i3. We’ve already talked quite a bit about the Chevy Bolt and how it can be a legitimate contender to the BMW i3, well the Opel Ampera-e can be that contender across the Atlantic. BMW’s i3 will be receiving an update this year, which could increase battery capacity a bit and also increase performance and efficiency. However, it’s going to be tough to beat the Ampera-e’s combination of range, cost and interior space. Both cars offer quite a bit and make their own arguments for themselves. The BMW i3 has the high-tech carbon fiber passenger cell, is extremely lightweight, is real-wheel drive and has fun, dynamic handling. The Opel Ampera-e is more spacious, far less expensive and packs a much further range.

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Chevy Bolt Interior – The Opel Ampera-e should be very similar. According to Opel CEO, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, “Electric vehicles have the potential to make a significant contribution to climate protection and to reduce emissions. And the previous disadvantages such as high prices and low ranges are finally passé – the Opel Ampera e opens electromobility new perspectives “. The article BMW i3 vs Opel Ampera-e appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

The owner of this BMW i8 decided to give his plug-in hybrid sports car a blacked out overall exterior appeal. After the wrap and some minor visual details, it was time for upgrading the ride’s shoes, namely adding some aftermarket wheels. The w...

The owner of this BMW i8 decided to give his plug-in hybrid sports car a blacked out overall exterior appeal. After the wrap and some minor visual details, it was time for upgrading the ride’s shoes, namely adding some aftermarket wheels. The wheels are installed by Wheels Boutique and feature a matte black finish. These HRE P101 are sized 22×9 and 22×10.5 in the front and rear, respectively. These are wrapped in a set of 245/30/22 and 285/25/22 sized (front and rear) Pirelli P Zero tires.

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

The BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The powertrain allows the BMW i8 to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in in 4.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). More details of this aftermarket wheel setup are available in the photoshoot below.  

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

Blacked Out BMW i8 On HRE Wheels

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BMW M6 With Vorsteiner Aero And Flow Forged Wheels

Getting that perfect combination of an exterior finish and aftermarket additions is almost always hard to achieve. With this Alpine White BMW M6, the owner managed to accomplish that. The work was completed by Trinity Autosports and it features sever...

Getting that perfect combination of an exterior finish and aftermarket additions is almost always hard to achieve. With this Alpine White BMW M6, the owner managed to accomplish that. The work was completed by Trinity Autosports and it features several high-profile Vorsteiner Aero additions, alongside their newly introduced V-FF 103 Flow Forged wheels. The M6 is powered by a 4.4 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine delivering 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The Launch Control feature lets your engine achieve maximum acceleration from a standing start, so you can brandish every lb-ft right off the line. The car accelerates from a 0 to 62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.3 seconds. With an electronically limited top speed of 155mph (250km/h), it can keep up on both the street and the track with most of today’s sportscars.

BMW M6 With Vorsteiner Aero And Flow Forged Wheels

The Aero parts chosen are the Aero Side Blades, Aero Rear Deck Lid Spoiler, Aero Rear Diffuser and the Vorsteiner’s newest GTS-V Front Add-on Spoiler. These give the BMW M6 quite an interesting and aggressive exterior appeal, further accentuating the Bavarian carmaker’s luxury sports coupe. All of the parts are constructed of the finest Autoclaved Pre-Impregnated Carbon Fiber. Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber provides superior stiffness, aerospace strength and durability compared to traditional hand laid carbon fiber composites. Performance, rigidity and aesthetic appeal are the main design goals for all of our parts. The wheels installed are Vorsteiner V-FF 103 Flow Forged wheels. They come in sizes of 21×9.5 front and 21×11 rear, utilizing a concave profile in the front and a deep concave profile for the rear. With a Carbon Graphite finish, they offer a unique contrasting touch to the white exterior finish. More images of this build are available in the media gallery below.

BMW M6 With Vorsteiner Aero And Flow Forged Wheels

BMW M6 With Vorsteiner Aero And Flow Forged Wheels

BMW M6 With Vorsteiner Aero And Flow Forged Wheels

BMW M6 With Vorsteiner Aero And Flow Forged Wheels

BMW M6 With Vorsteiner Aero And Flow Forged Wheels

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World Premier: The Limited BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition

Available for a limited period only, the new special edition BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition puts a new angle on the immediately recognisable BMW… The post World Premier: The Limited BMW i8 Protonic… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit m...

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World Premier: The BMW M760i xDrive

Let the battle begin. Earlier this week Alpina unleashed the 600 hp B7 xDrive. Blending high performance and luxury the B7 immediately became the… The post World Premier: The BMW M760i xDrive… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my w...

Let the battle begin. Earlier this week Alpina unleashed the 600 hp B7 xDrive. Blending high performance and luxury the B7 immediately became the… The post World Premier: The BMW M760i xDrive… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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BMW to Electrify Geneva with 740e Plug-in Hybrid, i8 Protonic Red

Special-edition i8, plug-in-hybrid 7 Series head to Geneva. ...

Special-edition i8, plug-in-hybrid 7 Series head to Geneva.

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BMW M3 and M4 at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

Photos from the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon (the Japanese equivalent of SEMA) of tuner M3 and M4. ...

Photos from the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon (the Japanese equivalent of SEMA) of tuner M3 and M4.

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Carbon Fiber BMW M3 / M4 M Performance Lip is Here to Replace Your Plastic Ones

The BMW M Performance front spoiler lip is finally here for the F80 M3 and F82 M4. Until now, this lip was only available in black plastic. ...

The BMW M Performance front spoiler lip is finally here for the F80 M3 and F82 M4. Until now, this lip was only available in black plastic.

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BMW Motorrad Sales Up Nearly 20% in January

Following its most successful sales year ever, BMW Motorrad started the new year with another big increase in sales. For the month of January 2016, sales increased 19.6% compared with January of last year. In total 7,488 BMW motorcycles and maxi-sco...

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Following its most successful sales year ever, BMW Motorrad started the new year with another big increase in sales. For the month of January 2016, sales increased 19.6% compared with January of last year. In total 7,488 BMW motorcycles and maxi-scooters were delivered to customers around the world in the month, making it the division’s best […]

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2017 BMW M760i xDrive is a 12-Cylinder High-Performance Luxury Sedan

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Alpina B7 says what?

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