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Fancy driving an electric car in Munich?

Interior of the BMW i3 Concept. -- PHOTO: BMW
Interior of the BMW i3 Concept. -- PHOTO: BMW
The BMW i3 electric car is unveiled at a photocall in London, on July 29, 2013. The vehicle is the BMW Group's first pure electric series produced model. -- PHOTO: AFP
The BMW i3 electric car is unveiled at a photocall in London, on July 29, 2013. The vehicle is the BMW Group's first pure electric series produced model. -- PHOTO: AFP
The new BMW i3 electric car is seen after it was unveiled at a ceremony in London on July 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The new BMW i3 electric car is seen after it was unveiled at a ceremony in London on July 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
The BMW i3. -- PHOTO: BMW AG
The BMW i3. -- PHOTO: BMW AG
Members of the media inspect the new BMW i3 all-electric car at an unveiling event in New York, on July 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the media inspect the new BMW i3 all-electric car at an unveiling event in New York, on July 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the media inspect the new BMW i3 all-electric car at an unveiling event for the vehicle in New York on  July 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the media inspect the new BMW i3 all-electric car at an unveiling event for the vehicle in New York on  July 29, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Calling all motoring fans: Were you drooling over the sleek BMW i 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 (ST) reader and his or her 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 or she 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 Aug 21. 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 ST 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 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds.

It was launched in Beijing, New York and London on July 29 and will be available in Singapore next year.

Mr Neil Fiorentinos, managing director of BMW Group Asia, said: “We feel this is a fitting (168th) birthday treat for ST readers who will be among the first in Singapore to get up close with the new BMW i cars.”

The partnership with BMW was unveiled last month by ST, which marked its 168th anniversary on July 15.

To stand a chance to win the prize, share this contest with your friends over Facebook, and 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.

Winners will go on the trip before February 2014.yunitaso@sph.com.sg

To be shortlistedTo take part, share this contest with your friend and 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. Include your name, IC number and mobile phone number.Closing date for entries: 6 pm, Aug 11, 2013