When it comes to keeping up with the most current trends in automotive technology, BMW is no slouch. They're proving it with the announcement of the pending release of their latest wonder, the 2022 BMW i4 M50. While some imply that the i4 is not an M-class vehicle, we beg to differ, and so does BMW. At first glance, it may not look much different than the automaker's 4 Series Gran Coupe, with four-door and similar body lines, but there are a few major differences that set them apart.
A new EV for BMW
The 2022 BMW i4 M50 is set to become the first M model in the history of the brand to feature EV power. It's stirred up a great deal of excitement among the loyal BMW owners who see the wisdom of switching to an electric-powered vehicle, as technologies have improved and advanced in their range and power options. The new i4 will be a force to be reckoned with. Although it isn't BMW's first electric vehicle, it's the first in the M class. The automaker had a few stumbles in its early efforts but they think they've got it right this time.
What's under the hood?
According to Car and Driver, the newest BMW to fall under the M badging takes a tremendous jump in the power and range of its predecessors. Although it is equipped with the same front 255 horsepower and 308 horsepower engines in front and rear that the iX claims, the new i4 M50 packs a stronger punch with a higher peak in its horsepower and torque. The claims are for an incredible 586 lb-ft of torque with 536 horsepower. The difference is in the design that includes a smaller capacity battery that has a far stronger output. The new i4 M50 is predicted to outpower the present competition models, the M3, and the M4. BMW is on a roll producing more powerful vehicles with each new model year.
The 2022 i4 M50 features the inclusion of launch control. This driver assist is activated by holding both pedals down simultaneously when the car is stopped. It causes the motors to pulse, which gives the new Beemer the illusion of chomping at the bit. The claimed acceleration rating is believed to be a sprint from zero to 60 mph in a mere three seconds. The new i4 will give drivers a taste of what they're about to experience in a way that is gratifying and builds reasonable expectations for sporty performance. Ars Technica reports that the new battery-electric BMW will be offered in a five-door fastback sedan. The i4 will be offered for $65,900 as a starting price. It will be released for sale as a 2022 model year.
An evolution in technology
BMW has been working on the technology for their latest EV for several years. They presented their concept version of an electric sedan that they called the i-Vision Dynamic. When it came time to apply the concept to a production version, it emerged as the Concept i4, which is now the i4 M50. BMW has invested a lot of time and money into the research and development of its EV technology. The first hint that they were working on such a project was offered back in 2017, four years ago. BMW also offers a less expensive version they call the i4 Drive40 for a starting price of $55,400. This option is equipped with just one motor while the M50 has two.
The i4 M50 is hailed as the halo model with two motors placed at each axle. It's believed that the i4 M50 will be the most powerful EV that BMW has produced. It's also worth noting that Bavarian Motor Works designs and constructs all of the electric motors dropped into their vehicles in-house This giving them firmer control over the quality of the technology and the results of their efforts. They procure the materials and oversee the entire creation process, complete with a lithium-ion battery pack that is mounted beneath the floor and between the front and rear axles. They obtain the battery components from CATL and Samsung SDI with a claimed volumetric energy that is 40 percent higher than the cells used for the BMW i3, which is on its way out the door. Thanks to their careful choice of the battery materials used, up to ninety percent of the materials are recyclable. BMW is doing its part to use sustainable sources and processes. They're all about making a difference for the planet as well for loyal BMW owners interested in leaping EV. The BMW i4 M50 will offer a host of upgrades including an EPA range of 245 miles with increased output, larger tires, and wheels. It will have a top speed of 140 mph. The approximate charging time on fast charge will take just 31 minutes to charge to 80 percent. The regular slow AC charging will take approximately 8 hours to achieve a full charge.
The new 2022 BMW i4 M50 is the latest EV developed by BMW. Thanks to the automaker's commitment to quality and maintaining a strong evolutionary philosophy, the new i4 offers most of the qualities that people in the present day, value for the cost. It's a luxury brand, and comfort is one of the benefits of the new 2022 edition. It's going to be BMW's most powerful EV with an increase in horsepower and torque over previous versions. This new release gives BMW drivers who are ready to make the jump from traditional fuel to electric something to look forward to. It seems that BMW just keeps getting better and better. This will be the first electric vehicle with the M badging for the luxury German automaker, but we're certain that it won't be the last.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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