BMW would like to assure you that electrifying its lineup won't make its cars boring.
The i4 will be BMW's first electric sedan, using the same body as the 4 Series Gran Coupe. While we have issues with BMW's naming conventions and coupe definition, we don't have an issue with how BMW is approaching its new electric vehicle's driving dynamics. Particularly what looks like the range-topper, a 530-horsepower trim level that will likely be badged as the i4 M50. BMW is keen to point out the sedan won't just be fast in line, using the following video and photography to show that it will also corner and drift like every good BMW should.
"The BMW i4 conveys the feeling of being light and agile yet also solid and authoritative," says i4 project manager David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho. "With its superior directional reliability and high level of cornering stability, it seems to literally attach itself to the road. All-electric vehicles are capable of fast straight-line acceleration. But that's not enough for us at BMW."
Make no mistake with the last lines of the quote, that's BMW calling out some manufacturers for relying too heavily on power and acceleration figures to market their electric vehicles Instant torque and linear power curves mean an electric vehicle can be made to go fast in a straight line relatively easily. The trick is in managing the weight of the batteries to create positive driving dynamics.
When we first published spy photos of the i4, we immediately spotted that the M division had a hand in at least one model, although a full-blooded M vehicle doesn't seem likely in the immediate future. One of the i4s seen here hurtling around a BMW track sports the same number plate as the car we spotted sporting blue M Sport brake calipers, a wider track, and M mirrors. However, as predicted, now the sportier test mules are getting closer to production spec, they appear to be wearing larger wheels and tires. Production of the BMW i4 is scheduled to start next year.