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Motor Trend Urges BMW to Sport-Up i3 Electric Car Performance

Despite its critique of the i3's overall performance, Motor Trend's Ken Reynolds thinks the BMW's electric car offers serious competition for Tesla.

Published: 24-Jul-2013

If BMW's grand ambition for electric drive cars were an image, it might be one of those magnificent Hubble Space Telescope photos of a cloud-like galaxy punctuated by sparkling white dots. In BMW's case, the dots are ideas -- many of them utterly brilliant -- with the whole, delicate structure held together by gravities of imagination and logic that complement the company's boldness.

But after briefly driving the i3 at BMW's Maisach Driver Academy, I have to take out my fine-tipped marker and add a small detail to that image. Right at the spot around which this whole galaxy of ideas revolves, I'd draw a small circle and fill it in with a black scribble. It's a black hole, precisely where BMW needed a nice dose of its behind-the-wheel driving sizzle.

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