BMW’s electric fleet keeps growing. Today, the firm’s all-electric luxury sedan is making its debut on South African shores. A 4-door Gran Coupe with all the bells and whistles packaged in classic Bavarian wrapping with a punchy electric heart. Here’s all you need to know about the i4 M50…
As BMW’s latest electric nameplate — and one with an M badge no less — the M50 is positioned as a pioneer for the firm’s electric segment. As part of the M family, the M50 is a performance-orientated completely electric Gran Coupe that doesn’t sacrifice its creature comforts for its genetic athleticism.
To play with the bigger kids, the M50 houses a powertrain capable of producing 400 kW and 795 N.m propelling the M50 from 0 to 100km/h in 3,9 seconds, that’s faster than the Audi e-tron GT’s claimed sprint time. The claimed range of the M50 is 510 km, which means it trumps the range of the Porsche Taycan. Aside from its impressive range, its charging abilities are most certainly a standout point for the Bavarian contender. BMW claims that while charging at a DC charger, an extra 140 km can be expected for every 10 minutes of charging.
Remember those creature comforts? The i4 M50 is ladened with features geared toward a safer and more pleasing driving experience. It has the best noise vibration harshness levels (NVH) in its class and a lower centre of gravity than the BMW 3 Series.
It’s almost a wolf in sheets of sheep’s clothing, and if you wish to invoke either the wolf or the sheep, BMW’s Comfort and new “E-Punch” Driving Dynamics can help you do just that. Accompanying you as you pilot the M50 are the specially curated sounds composed by Hans Zimmer and BMW M to enhance your driving experience.
Even though it’s an electric car, that M badge means something. As standard, the i4 M50 features Adaptive M suspension, M sport brakes, an M aerodynamics package, and M interior elements. The interior — for the most part — is very similar to that of a 3 or 4 Series, with the exception of the new BMW Curved displays, part and parcel with BMW’s iDrive 8 operating system.
Not only is it a well-endowed M car, but don’t forget that it’s still a 4-seater Gran Coupe and with those seats turn into 470 to 1 290-litres of cargo space in case you need to lug around some hefty trinkets.
Pricing for the BMW i4 M50 starts at R1,6 million and of course a host of individualisation options are available to help one personalise their dream electric BMW M car…
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