BMW has announced local details of the upcoming fully electric i4 fastback range headlined by the marque’s first M-badged electric model.
Due to launch early next year, the flagship i4 M50 variant features an 80.7kWh battery that powers a dual-motor all-wheel drive set-up. In normal driving situations, the powertrain outputs 350kW and 730Nm. In Sport Boost mode, outputs increase to 400kW and 795Nm for a 10-second burst.
With a full charge, the M50 offers a driving range of 510km (WLTP cycle), while the 0-100km/h sprint takes 3.9 seconds.
The i4 eDrive40 slots underneath the M model, it gets a single electric motor and rear-wheel drive. It uses the same 80.7kWh battery and produces 250kW of power and 430Nm of torque.
BMW claims a 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds, while the driving range increases to 590km.
DC fast charging is possible at up to 200kW. BMW says the i4’s range can be increased by as much as 164km (eDrive40) and 140km (M50) within 10 minutes from a 10 per cent charge level.
The M50 will come equipped with adaptive M suspension with a bespoke tune, plus variable sport steering and M Sport brakes.
Both models will get the BMW’s new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen running the latest iDrive 8 infotainment system that will debut on the iX SUV.
Luggage space is 470L, expanding to 1290L with the rear seats folded.
Full specifications and pricing are yet to be confirmed, however, BMW Australia is taking online reservations for the i4, keen buyers can reserve their car with a $500 deposit.
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