With its electric motor with 168 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque, and a and 7.2-second stated 0-60 mph time, the current i3 doesn’t exactly feel slow (at least up to its limited top speed of 93 mph). Autocar doesn’t expect the i3S to be much quicker than that, so whether it earns the “electric hot hatch” moniker it has attached to the pending vehicle remains to be seen.
The i3S -- if that is its real name -- will be revealed alongside a restyled version of the vanilla model. But don’t expect a huge update: Autocar says the post-facelift i3 won’t be a radical departure from today’s model. That’s understandable, given that substantial modifications to the car’s profile would require a reworking of its carbon-fiber shell.
Whatever BMW is working on, it’s going to be a while before we see it: According to Autocar, the i3S won’t be revealed until the Frankfurt motor show next September, with a global rollout to begin in 2018.