THE first emissions-free BMW M model available locally will headline the new BMW i4 line-up in Q1, 2022, when the i4 M50 performance variant arrives. With one electric motor at the front axle and another at the rear, it delivers system output of 400kW.
Offering high-intensity driving pleasure, with a range of 510km, the BMW i4 eDrive40 will join the local line-up next year and combine a 250kW electric motor with a classical rear-wheel-drive configuration. Its maximum range will be 590km.
Both models will launch in Australia during the first quarter of 2022, and are based on the German car maker’s flexible vehicle architecture, that was devised, from the outset, for the first time, for an all-electric drive system.
Among the highlights of the new electric powertrain are compact drive units that have an elastic bearing in their respective axle subframes. The extremely slim high-voltage battery has a cell height of just 110mm, and is positioned low down in the vehicle floor.
It has a centre of gravity up to 53mm lower than that of the BMW 3 Series sedan, even weight distribution, a torsionally stiff and weight-minimised body and optimised aerodynamics.
In addition, the vehicle concept offers a trademark BMW solution to the traditional clash between sportiness and long-distance ability. This is in the form of an efficient drive system technology and intelligent lightweight design.
The integrated application of all powertrain and chassis components also helps provide the BMW i4 a degree of design coherence its rivals cannot match.
As a result, the i4 is imbued with dynamic driving abilities beyond the rapid straight-line acceleration typical of a powerful electric car.
The standard chassis technology of the BMW i4 comprises a double-joint spring strut front axle and five-link rear axle with bespoke tuning, lift-related dampers, electromechanical Servotronic steering, an integrated braking system and rear air suspension.
Near-actuator wheel slip limitation optimises traction and directional stability in all road and weather conditions. This extremely fast-acting and precise system is fitted as standard on the BMW i4 and teams up with electric all-wheel-drive for the first time.
This combination gives the BMW i4 M50 exceptional dynamic poise during bursts of speed and under intense lateral acceleration. The drive torque control for both motors reacts notably faster and with far greater accuracy than would be possible with a transfer case.
The BMW i4 M50 is also equipped with adaptive M suspension that incorporates bespoke tuning, variable sport steering, M Sport brakes and up to 20-inch M light-alloy wheels with mixed-size tyres.
Further information and pricing will be announced closer to launch.