Road Test of 2022 BMW i4 M50

Wapcar Automotive News – It only makes sense that BMW’s focus on electrification would include a dynamic sports sedan, or as close to it as it is these days because this all-new five-door BMW i4 is actually what they call a big coupe. Still, we’re happy to swap out the trunk lid for a hatch as long as it delivers the experience we’ve come to love from BMW sports sedans. So let’s see if this i4 keeps its promise and if BMW i4 price Malaysia is reasonable.

There are two brand new battery-electric entries from BMW for 2022, and they appear to be attacking the upcoming all-electric future from two different angles. This 2022 BMW i4 M50 looks very familiar, offering everything we love about a BMW sports sedan, with just battery power. 

The iX utility is the exact opposite, feeling very strange and unlike any BMW we’ve driven before. We’ll explain this in more detail in the coming weeks with our full iX review. For now, however, we’re focusing on this amazing i4. Yes, it builds on BMW’s Gran Coupe body shape, which means four doors to access the mid-size five-passenger cabin and a rear hatch for convenient cargo storage.

The next generation of BMW performance is powered by a BMW-designed electric motor that uses no rare earth materials. Simply put, this means that they are moved by direct electrical impulses and not by magnets. Standard in the eDrive40 is a rear-wheel-drive single-cylinder with 335 horsepower. This M50 downsizes that engine a bit but adds a second engine to the front axle for all-wheel drive and the total output is 536 hp and 586 lb-ft. of torque. An eDrive35 engine, rated at 281 hp, will be the base model later on. 

Currently, energy is stored in an 83.9 kWh battery housed in the i4’s chassis. The maximum rear-wheel drive range of 301 miles drops to 270 with all-wheel drive, and our test car’s 20-inch wheel option scores the lowest rating of all at 227 miles. But we actually got close to 243 miles, bringing it down to almost zero before plugging in. That means a reasonable performance rating of 42 kWh per 100 miles. But let’s face it, the real numbers you’d expect come from Mason Dixon Dragway.  

And we’re happy to report that the M50 exploded off the road as mercilessly as we had hoped, with a launch pattern that makes you want to make sure your head is pressed against the headrest, or else it’ll squish there. 3.8 seconds is all it takes to hit 60. This was on a wet road day, even with all-wheel drive, we still struggled with a bit of wheel spin. 

Perfect conditions will definitely reduce a few tenths. No gears to shift, no power drop, just the sound of spaceships to accompany us for 12.4 miles quarter seconds ending at 113 mph. The adaptive M-tuned suspension is just the tip of the iceberg of this precise handling. There are anti-roll bars, a strut tower brace, unique “lift-link” shock absorbers and rear air suspension.

All are integrated with stability control as well as braking and four-wheel drive. None of this does anything to hide the weight of this car, but there are high limits to its grip. With almost no rolling body, the steering is heavy in a good way, with minimal input required to change direction.

We were also pleased to find that everything inside the i4’s cabin is BMW-centric, but technically a bit more advanced; with a 12.3-inch display and 14.9-inch infotainment screen combined into a single curved package in front of the wavy dash. And rest assured, there are plenty of extras worth upgrading to the M50, including a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon surround sound system, through which you can experience the unique sounds created by Hans Zimmer and sound Innovative bar from BMW.

On the outside, it looks quite different, with a unique blocking treatment applied to the grille, and smoother than conventional body panels. But BMW’s familiar styling and proportions keep it from looking odd.

The M50 is priced at $68,295; and while that may prompt adoption earlier than the general population, given what a good M3 is today, we would say it’s about the right and well-made BMW. The EDrive40 starts at $56,895 and has more affordable options along the way.

The BMW i4 M50 2022 is the great all-electric successor to the three-box BMW M models as we know them. Where BMW takes it from here would be really interesting to see. The electric future may still scare some people, but BMW has a way of getting things right.

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