BMW is keen to grow their portfolio of all-electric cars that began with the humble beginnings of the i8 and i3, and now shots and specs of the new BMW i4 have been revealed. The i8 didn’t review well, but the i3 has become a car I see often on the road. Judging from these photos, I see the same for the i4.
The German marque has released our first look at the i4’s specifications, despite its release geared for 2022. According to these figures, the i4 will produce 523bhp (390kilowatts). BMW is keen to insist that this electric version will keep up with its V8-powered doppleganger M4, which currently reaches 60mph in 3.8 seconds. Expect performance of around that or lower on the i4’s arrival.
Top speed will of course be lower thanks to the all-electric powertrain, but a top speed of 124mph is rumoured – plenty for a speeding ticket, but not for the track. But hey, who’s going to take this to a track, anyway?
In regards to range, BMW is utilising a newly developed battery pack with a capacity of 80 KWh and a range of 373 miles according to WLTP. BMW also stated that it will be implementing fifth-generation eDrive hardware which will see the electric motor, transmission, and electronics all in a single housing. The batteries will weight 550kg, though, but charging to 80% will only take 35 minutes.
By the middle of next decade, BMW hopes for a total of 25 all-electric and hybrid vehicles under its umbrella.