BMW debuts their a zero emissions all-electric model, the 3-door BMW i3 Concept Coupe from BMW i sub-brand, days ahead of the 2012 LA Auto Show. This serves as an additional model besides the 4 door i3 and the i8 supercar.

The carbon fiber body construction lends to great exterior styling, while providing additional space and transparency inside the cabin. Reveal details seem very close to a realistic production level vehicle.

BMW claims that this is the first fully networked electric vehicle, with the brand’s integration of ConnectedDrive. Space, beauty, and advanced composite material are just the tip of the iceberg, as the electric plug-in i3 Coupe promises pleasurable driving dynamics. A true BMW trait.

Packaged beneath the floor is a Lithium ion battery pack delivering power to the BMW in-house designed 170 hp (125 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 N-m) of torque electric motor. With max torque available from the start of electric motor’s engine revolutions, there is no shortage of power delivery. On the other hand, the position of the battery pack results in a lower center of gravity, furnishing superb handling and dynamic abilities. On the contrary of fossil fuel powered vehicles, which are up to 9-speeds, the i3’s electric motors allows for a single speed transmission, properly powering the rear wheels.

The exterior wheel arches, doors, and rear quarter panels are painted orange, contrasting the glossy black hood, trunk lid, roof, and side skirts. Many other features are obvious BMW i3 4-door Concept characteristics.  On the inside, the interior has taken an evolution leap from the standard BMW interior. We haven’t seen such a dramatic change since the launch of the E65 7-Series, back in 2002. A large dash mounted touchscreen, combination of stitched leather, wood accents, and recyclable material furnish the sporty interior, lending an upscale look and feel.

In addition to home charging stations. BMW i ConnectedDrive, along side Android and iOS smartphone apps will assist drivers in planning out their extended range commutes with publicly available battery charging stations. After all, Rear wheel drive and instant torque on tap, that’s a winning combination in our book.  We can’t wait to get our hands on a production model in the near future.