New 544hp BMW i4 M50 EV revealed, UK prices and specs confirmed
October 13, 2021 by
BMW has revealed UK prices and specs for the new i4 eDrive 40 and i4 M50 electric cars before they go on sale in the UK in November 2021. Read on for full details…
- BMW i4 prices and specs confirmed
- i4 eDrive 40 has 340hp
- M50 models produce 544hp
- eDrive 40 costs from £51,905
- Sport and M Sport models offered
- M50 costs from £63,905
- Up to 367 miles of range
- Free 12-month charging subscription
BMW has confirmed prices and specs for the new i4 electric saloon including a high-performance i4 M50 model, which is the first all-electric performance car from BMW’s M division.
This electric alternative to the likes of the Tesla Model 3 and costs from £51,905.
BMW i4 driven
Keen to see what the BMW i4 is like to drive? You’re not alone in that, that’s for sure.
Mat has been behind the wheel of the brand new electric saloon — and in its most powerful M50 guise to see if it’s really worthy of that badge. Tap above to see what he’s made of it.
BMW i4 eDrive 40 performance and range
The standard BMW i4 comes in ‘eDrive 40’ guise. These models are powered by a single electric motor that produces 340hp and 430Nm of torque and drives the rear wheels only. The BMW i4 eDrive 40 has up to 367 miles of range according to the latest WLTP tests and will accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 5.7 seconds.
BMW i4 eDrive 40 price and specs
The BMW i4 is available in two models, the entry-level Sport (£51,905) and the higher-spec M Sport (£53,405). The Sport model comes with a choice of 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera, automatic air conditioning, interior ambient lighting and BMW’s Live Cockpit Plus infotainment system.
M Sport versions add a more aggressive bodykit inspired by the i4 M50 models (read on for more info on these electric ‘M’ cars) along with different 18-inch alloy wheels and suede-like Alcantara upholstery.
BMW i4 M50 performance and range
The i4 M50 comes with dual-electric motors – one under the bonnet driving the front wheels and another at the back driving the rear wheels.
Together, these motors produce 544hp and 795Nm of torque (with ‘Sport Boost’ mode enabled) and can blast the i4 M50 from 0-60mph in less than 3.9 seconds. That’s a few tenths of a second quicker than the very latest BMW M3 and M4 Competition.
The i4 M50 can’t match the i4 eDrive 40’s range, but it’ll still manage up to 316 miles on a full charge (WLTP.)
BMW i4 M50 price and specs
Unlike petrol-powered M performance cars, there’s no option to upgrade to an i4 M50 Competition model (yet) and the standard car will set you back £63,905. That’s more than £10,000 less than the £74,815 you’ll need to get your hands on an M3 Competition.
As standard, it comes with dark grey exterior trim (to help you tell it apart from the standard i4) along with a boot lip spoiler, lowered adaptive suspension and your choice of M50-exclusive 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, you get leather-clad electric sports seats with a memory function, seatbelts with M-coloured stitching, a wireless phone charging pad and BMW’s upgraded Live Cockpit Professional infotainment system with a head-up display.
BMW i4 batteries and charging
The BMW i4 is compatible with 200kW public chargers which (in the case of the i4 eDrive 40) can boost your car’s range by up to 102 miles in 10 minutes. The same 10-minute charge will boost the i4 M50’s range by 87 miles.
You’ll be able to fully charge the BMW i4’s battery from empty to 100% using a wallbox charger installed at home in around 8.5 hours. You’ll also be given a 12-month subscription to the BP Pulse and Ionity charging networks if you buy an i4 as a retail customer.
BMW i4 design
The new BMW i4 looks fairly similar to the new BMW 4 Series from the front – its vast two-piece grille makes certain of that. However, to make sure you don’t mistake this aggressive-looking four-door coupe for a petrol- or diesel-powered BMW, there are plenty of bright blue details – just like those on the BMW iX3 SUV and new iX EV.
From the side, you’ll spot that the new BMW i4 is longer than a 4 Series Coupe thanks to its extra set of doors, but its sloping roofline means it looks sleeker than a 3 Series saloon.
You’ll spot more blue trim at the back of the new BMW i4, along with a large contrasting rear diffuser – no fake exhaust trims here.
BMW i4 interior and infotainment
The big news for the new BMW i4 is its vast infotainment screen. This huge widescreen display is shared with the iX SUV and looks nothing like what you get in an ordinary BMW 3 Series or 4 Series. It combines a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display with a 14.9-inch central touchscreen in a curved free-standing design.
This screen will run the latest iDrive 8 version of BMW’s infotainment software, meaning it has the latest ‘Hey BMW’ voice activation features and a host of new personalisable menu functions so you can prioritise features you use most.
The new system does away with physical buttons for the climate control, meaning you’ll have to use on-screen menus or voice controls to adjust the cabin temperature.
The new i4 will come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, and it can update its software automatically in as little as 20 minutes using wireless over-the-air updates.
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