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BMW i3 Shadow Sport special edition heading to LA show

November 17, 2015

BMW is previewing a special Shadow Sport edition of the i3 electric city car. It’s set to be unveiled at the LA auto show coming up this week.

BMW i3 Shadow Sport-teaser

Only a couple of teaser images have been revealed at this stage, with one of them showing an i3 in the dark with its headlights on. The other image just shows a logo and yesterday’s date.

It’s believed the new model will be a special edition featuring a number of sporty details to give the city car a more prominent look. There’s talk of unique 19-inch alloy wheels, and a ‘fluid black’ exterior colour being added on.

Even these minor upgrades should give the i3 a more sporty look, considering the standard car isn’t available in black. It does, however, come with 19-inch alloy wheels in Australia, wearing eco-oriented 155/70 front and 175/60 rear tyres.

There’s no mention of any powertrain changes. In standard form it’s available with either a fully electric system producing 125kW, or it can be had with an optional on-board range-extending two-cylinder motor.

It’s a sporty car despite being very economical. With 125kW and a kerb weight of 1195kg, it comes as no surprise the fully electric version can cover 0-100km/h in just 7.2 seconds. Australian prices start at $63,900.

The Shadow Sport is likely to be a US-only thing. Market entry is expected to take place soon after the LA show, which starts on November 19.

Note: We have modified the top image by turning up the exposure

BMW i3 Shadow Sport-logo

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.