Considering putting an i4 M50 in your garage once the model is available in the near future? If so, then BMW M has a video for you to watch. While the i4—in a broader sense—represents BMW’s first substantial foray into the electric car market since the groundbreaking i3, and is expected be the volume seller among itself and the forthcoming iX, the M50 sub-model is specifically described as the first all-electric car from BMW M.
It goes without that saying that, in the past, a car by BMW M was something that came with individual throttle bodies and a specific tilt towards performance and on-track capability inspired by motorsport. In the world of electric vehicles though, with multiple battery-powered motors delivering instant torque from a standstill for blistering acceleration, what does it mean to be a BMW M car?
We asked something similar back in July, in which we did the obvious paper comparison between the current G80 M3 and G26 i4 M50. After all, the i4 M50’s equivalent 536 horsepower and 586 pound-feet of torque are more than the M3 Competition, the most potent variant of the lineup, which boasts 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Nevertheless, one look at the two clearly differentiates the M3 as a full, unadulterated M car, while the i4 M50 is of the M Performance Automobile line.
When it comes to something you’re going to be driving every day though, the i4 is the obvious choice between the two, and a recent video from BMW M explains why the i4 M50 might be all you ever really needed. While the i4 M50 is as luxurious and as technologically endowed (if not more so) than the rest of the new lineup, it’s also got the running gear, equipment, and tuning to handle the aforementioned power figures, so it can deliver the driving experience BMW has always been known for.—Alex Tock
[Photo and video courtesy BMW AG.]