Fancy driving an uber-cool BMW in Munich?

SINGAPORE - Calling all motoring fans: Were you drooling over the sleek BMWi cars seen in the Tom Cruise 2011 movie Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol?

You may well be the lucky one behind the wheel of an i3 hatchback, BMW's first mass-produced electric car.

One Straits Times reader and his partner will fly business class to Munich, Germany, for a four-day holiday during which they will get to test-drive the i3 car.

He will be among 80 readers who will also enjoy a sneak preview of the i3 at a marquee event held at Ion Orchard here on Aug21. They can also get to see another model, the i8, which is a plug-in hybrid sports car.

The preview and Munich trip are part of a contest organised by The Straits Times and BMW Asia under the Straits Times Appreciates Readers (Star) programme to reach out to our readers and the community.

ST editor Warren Fernandez said: "I watched the Tom Cruise film and thought the car was uber-cool. Who wouldn't want to get behind the wheel of his BMW? That thrill will go to one very lucky ST reader."

Made from lightweight carbon-fibre, the i3 can run about 120km to 160km on a single charge of its battery, and will go from zero to 100kmh in 7.2 seconds.

It was launched in Beijing, New York and London on Monday and will be available in Singapore next year.

Noting that The Straits Times turned 168 on July 15, BMW Group Asia managing director Neil Fiorentinos said: "We feel this is a fitting birthday treat for ST readers who will be among the first in Singapore to get up close with the new BMW i cars."

To stand a chance to win the prize, share this contest with your friends over Facebook. Tell us in no more than 50 words why you want to test-drive the BMW i car.

Send your entry to stbmw@sph.com.sg. The contest ends on Aug 11.

All entrants must be at least 21 years old on Jan 1 this year and hold a valid Singapore or international driving licence.

They must have at least three years of driving experience at the point of the lucky draw on Aug 21.

The winner will go on the trip before February next year.


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