While electric train replacements are giving conventional cars a second life, some companies are doing the opposite. Bugatti, for example, has resurrected its baby in the form of a small electric car. The Alfa Coupe ACE also has some retro elements. And now the Swiss electric scooter company has launched its own classic-style car. His name is Microlino and his muse is the BMW Isetta.
The original BMW Isetta is charming and efficient, but not quite designed for modern traffic.
Microlino 1.0 vs.
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But that’s all in the past. Although the new 2021 Microlino 2.0 is reminiscent of BMW’s classic Isetta, it’s actually quite different from the early prototypes. It features an all-new steel and aluminum construction with a wider rear track for a new independent rear suspension, reports Roadshow.
Just like the original Isetta the Microlino 2.0 offers space for two passengers. Even the headlights are based on the original. However, it does come equipped with a digital player and several USB ports, Car Reports.
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The Microlino 2.0 also has a new, rear-mounted electric motor. It delivers 15 hp and 74 lb-ft and allows the 1,100-pound EV to reach 56 mph, according to Hagerty. And buyers have a choice of two battery packs. In its most advanced state, the Microlino 2.0 has a claimed range of 124 miles and can be recharged in four hours from a household outlet.
How much does a microlino cost compared to a real BMW Isetta?
For now, Micro Mobility is waiting for EU approval for the Microlino 2.0. But because it is technically a four-wheeler, like the Citroën Ami, less stringent rules apply. And while the design still needs some tweaking, it looks like Micro Mobility is considering selling the Microlino 2.0 in the United States, Jalopnik reports. Full production is scheduled for September 2021, and prices will start in the $14,000 to $15,000 range, reports Autoblog.
1958 BMW Isetta 300 rear view 3/4 | brings a trailer
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While this price seems high for a two-seat, I mean four-seat microbike, it’s actually significantly lower than the price of the original BMW Isetta these days. The price of the Isetta 300 is between $20,000 and $30,000. And intact ones are worth more than $50,000, according to Hagerty. And all this before taking into account the cost of any electrical conversion.
It seems that the new electric model really captures the spirit of the original.
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frequently asked questions
How much does a microlino cost?
The microlino is powered by an 11 kW (14.75 hp) motor with 100 Nm (73.5 lb-ft) of torque, which allows the small electric vehicle to accelerate to 90 km/h (56 mph). There are two different battery options (8 or 14.4 kWh), with a range of 125 or 200 km. The car costs about $13,600.
How much does a BMW Isetta cost?
At the moment (2019) you need to invest between $45,000 and $55,000 (£34,000 to £42,000) for an Isetta in excellent condition, restored to its original glory.
How fast is the BMW Isetta?
Isetta – Wikipedia
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