BMW reveals more about new i4 electric sedan

Marco Green
January 26, 2021

It's possible the confirmed 390kW figure - reportedly chosen to match the 390kW/750Nm outputs of BMW's V8-powered M50i models - could be delivered only on "overboost", given a report from December 2020 claimed the i4 M50's electric motors would produce 340kW in standard trim, free of any overboost. But an M-badged EV from the German brand will be something completely new.

"For the first time, we've developed a BMW with sporty DNA for purely electric driving entirely from scratch", said project manager David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho.

BMW is now giving final touches to its newest electric offering based on the 4 Series Gran Coupe. That, along with BMW's expertise of making sporty RWD coupes over the years has resulted in one jolly-good combination - a drifting electric vehicle.

As reported by GoAuto in September past year, the Performance version of the i4 will not be a fully-fledged M auto like the M3 or M5 but rather an M Performance vehicle in the ilk of the semi-skim M340i and M550i - performance vs high-performance.

The Tesla Model 3 rival will come with a 530 hp mill, that'll push the vehicle from 0 to 100 kmph in just 4 seconds and help it attain a top speed of 201 kmph. The company has confirmed that the i4 is likely to receive a 530hp powertrain capable of propelling the vehicle from standstill to 100 km/h in about 4 seconds. BMW M may be testing the waters, and with enough support and popularity, they may push into developing more serious electric performance models - perhaps even taking the fight to Porsche and Tesla if they feel confident enough.

Now that the final calibration runs of the i4 have commenced, we expect the production version to break cover very soon.

In India, BMW just recently launched the 3 Series Gran Coupe, and the 5 Series and 6 Series GT are on the cards for later this year.

For now though all eyes are on the regular i4 which is due to be officially debuted in the coming months before the M Performance emerges most likely in the second half of the year.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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