BMW’s Upcoming i4 Said To Be Most Powerful 4 Series YetMay 19, 2020
BMW’s upcoming i4 is said to be the most powerful 4 series yet. Though it’s yet to be seen how the car stacks up to the competition.
BMW may be committing to the combustion engine for the foreseeable future, as well as expressed doubt for the immediate future of the electric, they haven’t been able to avoid the reality of the battery electric vehicle as they prepare their upcoming i4. And the 4 series promises to be the most powerful yet.
The regular array of options for fuel-burning versions of the 4 series will be available including the M4 Competition which will top out at 503-hp, compared to its electric cousin that produces 523-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Power and price point will put the i4 in direct competition with the Tesla Model 3.
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The New i
BMW’s first foray into electrification took the form of the i3 city car and the i8 hybrid sports car. Both were built on carbon fiber platforms that were unique to each car, driving up the price of both cars. The i3 was a full electric that was available with a ‘Range Extender’ option, which was a small engine that would act as a generator to give the small electric extra range. The i4 will be built on the same platform shared by the other 4 series as well.
The i4 will be an all-wheel-drive affair with motors in front and back, combining to create that 523-hp. Energy comes via an 80kWh battery pack. Using the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure or WLTP standard, the i4 is expected to have a range of 373 miles. However, the EPA estimates are likely to be lower than that when those statistics are officially released.
Practical miles, as always, will depend on how enthusiastic the driver is with the right pedal. The i4 will presumably weigh more than the gas-powered option, so it’s not likely that the extra 20-hp will translate into better track times. Of course, the i4 does have the instant-on torque advantage common to all-electric cars.
Despite early entries in the i3 and i8, BMW has been on the reluctant side when it comes to battery-electric cars. That said, BMW hasn’t resisted change altogether. The car manufacturer was one of the first companies to test hydrogen-powered cars that combine compacted hydrogen with oxygen to create electricity; the only emission being water.
The company continues to experiment with hydrogen power that it feels better suits the average driver’s needs. The company has said in the past that it’s committed to the gasoline motor for at least another 30 years, but even BMW can’t escape the average emission requirements that have forced most manufacturers to provide electric options.
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