2022 BMW i4M rendered: prices, specs and release date
A high-performance M version of the all-electric BMW i4, possibly with three motors and more than 700hp. Read on for more details.
- BMW’s first all-electric M car
- Based on i4 saloon
- Could have well over 700hp
- Chassis tweaks to counter increased weight
- May sacrifice range for performance
- Aggressive styling
The BMW i4M could be the German manufacturer’s first all-electric M car and may be revealed in 2022. The manufacturer has confirmed an electric M car is on the cards but hasn’t revealed many more details.
It has confirmed the new car will be based on the recently revealed i4 electric car and this exclusive render imagines what the new i4M could look like.
2022 BMW i4M design
Expect the BMW i4M to merge the design of the recently-revealed i4 with that of the high-performance M4 coupe, as imagined in this image. That would mean the huge grille as well as large air intakes on either side up front, with swollen rear arches.
BMW’s electric car range does get some blue styling tweaks, but the i4M may opt to use M-coloured elements instead. There’ll be no need for the trademark quad-exit exhaust at the rear of the car though, however it’ll still likely feature an aerodynamic diffuser-style bumper trim.
2022 BMW i4M interior
The interior of the BMW i4 has yet to be showcased, but it’s expected to have a similar minimalist design to the iX SUV (shown above.) The i4M would use something similar, albeit likely with more carbon fibre and M branding throughout.
There’ll no doubt be a huge touchscreen, with some extra M-oriented goodies thrown in. These could include lap timers or information on the car like G-force data and acceleration times.
2022 BMW i4M batteries and electric motors
It’s likely the BMW i4M would retain the same battery pack as the i4, albeit with dual- or maybe even a triple-motor setup. The German brand has confirmed the new i4 will be available with ‘up to 530hp’ although it isn’t known if this refers to a range-topping i4 or a future i4M.
BMW has confirmed it’s been testing an electric 5 Series saloon with a triple-motor drive system that could be fitted to the upcoming i4M. This test car (shown below) uses one motor to drive the front wheels and two to drive the rear wheels. Together, they produce a total of 720hp, which is enough to blast this prototype from 0-60mph in ‘comfortably less than three seconds’ – it’s possible the finished i4M could be even quicker.
Whether the new i4M electric car comes with this fancy three-motor setup or not, you can bet it’ll get a load of suspension tweaks over the standard i4 EV. These will help it deal with all the extra power its motors will produce, and counter the extra weight of heavy batteries that conventional petrol-powered M cars don’t have to deal with.
This extra performance could mean the i4M can’t quite match the standard i4’s 300-mile range, as is the case with the Tesla Model 3. The ‘Performance’ version of that car loses out on a few miles of range compared with the Long-Range car. You can, however, expect the i4M to manage at least 250 miles according to the latest WLTP testing procedures.
2022 BMW i4M prices and release date
It’s possible the BMW i4M could be revealed next year, with production starting later in 2022. If it turns out that the upcoming i4M gets a 530hp dual-motor setup, you can expect it to cost from around £80,000. If, however, BMW fits the full-fat 720hp triple-motor system from its ‘Power BEV’ test car, the i4M could end up costing closer to £100,000.
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