This BMW i4 Is Hiding A Performance Secret

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This is the M-badged electric car we never thought would happen.

Built on the same assembly line and sharing the same body as the upcoming 4 Series Gran Coupe, the 2021 BMW i4 will be the brand's first electric sedan model. Though it has yet to be officially confirmed, rumors predict that the i4 will come in three flavors, the most powerful of which will wear an M badge. It's still unclear if this model will be considered a full M model. Most likely, it will be an M Sport product called the i4 M50.

Whatever name it goes by, the M-tuned i4 should be pretty quick when it finally arrives on the market next year. We've already spotted the sporty EV out testing but now our photographers have snapped it again, as it inches closer to a production debut.

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This test mule was spotted in Munich, Germany, and we can once again confirm that this i4 is the sportier M-tuned variant. The car sports a few dead giveaways of its M status, including M mirrors and a wider track, two elements that we did not previously see on any i4 prototypes. It's a subtle detail, but we also spotted the blue M Sport brake calipers behind those small pre-production wheels. We expect the production model to wear much larger wheels and feature sportier design details to help it stand out as an M product.

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In terms of performance, BMW has already confirmed that the i4 M50 (or i4M) won't outgun the upcoming M3 and M4. BMW doesn't believe that electric technology has reached a level where they can take on a gas-powered performance model, but we guess the folks in Bavaria have never watched a Tesla Model S enter a drag race.

It may not outpace the M3 and M4, but the i4 should still be pretty quick with two electric motors sending power to an xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The latest rumors predict that the most potent i4 variant will produce around 450 to 460 horsepower, putting it well below its gas-powered M siblings.

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