German automaker BMW has begun mass production of their BMW i4 electric car in Munich.
Marketed as a sporty all-electric four-door coupe, or Gran Coupe, the forthcoming BMW i4 will be available in two primary configurations. These would be the eDrive40 and the M50.
Both the eDrive40 and the M50 variants will come equipped with an 83.9kWh battery pack.
The BMW i4 M50 is the all-wheel drive performance-oriented model. This version comes with two electric motors: a 255 horsepower front motor and a 308 horsepower rear motor. At a combined 536 horsepower, as well as 586 pound-feet of torque, the M50 can reach 62 miles an hour in under 3.9 seconds. Its maximum speed is about 140 miles per hour.
The BMW i4 eDrive40 is the cheaper rear-wheel drive model. The eDrive40 comes with a singular 335 horsepower rear motor and generates roughly 317 pound-feet of torque. This allows the car to reach a maximum speed of 118 miles per hour, and get to 62 miles per hour in under 5.7 seconds.
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The eDrive40’s range is slightly better than the M50, getting around 300 miles of range before needing a charge. The M50, on the other hand, gets around 245 miles of range on a single charge.
Both versions of BMW’s i4 have the capacity to charge at up to 205 kW using a DC fast charger.
The BMW i4 eDrive40 will reportedly launch at a base price of $56,395, while the M50 variant will start at $66,895.
BMW will be launching the i4 in the US early next year, while production has already begun in Europe. European customers can expect initial deliveries to arrive within the coming weeks.