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Spied: Production-ready BMW i3 with range extender

A production-ready BMW i3 test mule was spied near the Leipzig plant.

By looking at the spy photos we can see the tank cover on the front right fender which indicates a prototype with the REx Range Extender, similar to the one we caught while refueling near Arjeplog. The small engine increases the range of the i3 to 250 miles from 90 miles on the electric charge only. The two-cylinder engine comes from the Motorrad Division and is housed in the trunk and connected to a generator that recharges the battery rather than transmitting mechanical power directly to the wheels.

The spy photos also reveal side mirrors with integrated signal indicators and special wheels with tires size 155/70 R19 a the front. In the back, 175 mm wide tires are being used.
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