Today, BMW unveiled the sporty i4 M50, the company's first electric M vehicle. According to the German carmaker, it sounds more like an M Performance formula than a thoroughbred M model to our ears.
The BMW i4 M50 2022 has a combined output of 536 horsepower and 794 nm of torque from its two electric motors, which include a 255hp front and 308hp rear motor and are controlled by single-gear transmission.
The Sport Boost function boosts the power by 67 hp and 65 nm of torque, bringing the total output to 469 horsepower and 729 nm of torque.
The i4 M50 can reach 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, compared to 5.7 seconds for the ordinary i4, and has a max speed of 225 km/h.
The i4 M50 also receives an adaptive M suspension, specifically developed anti-roll bars, and an extra front spring strut tower brace, as well as variable sport steering, M Sport brakes, and 19-inch standard M light-alloy wheels. Optional 20-inch wheels are also available.
According to BMW, the i4 M50's center of gravity is 1.3 inches lower than that of a 3-Series sedan owing to the battery pack. The i4 M50 has a driving range of 395 kilometers on a full charge, which takes 7.6 hours with an 11kw charger. BMW claims that you can fast-charge at a maximum of 200kW from a 10% state of charge to an 80% state of charge in just 31 minutes.
Inside, the M50 seems to be the standard i4, however, the BMW M-badged i4 has additional sporty touches such as the steering wheel and trims.
The M50-badged vehicle, like the normal i4, will be on sale in the United States in the first quarter of 2022. Prices will begin at $65,900, which is around $4,000 less than the M3 Sedan.