Do you think electric sports cars will not have the wind in their sails? BMW’s best-selling M model this year could be the i4 M50 electric car – Car News
You might not be ready to accept that the future of automotive performance is electric, but BMW customers are flocking to the first M Performance EV in droves, with the i4 M50 a chance to beat the M4 this year for the sales crown.
This is according to Brendan Michel, head of volume planning at BMW Australia, who said Cars Guide the i4 M50’s global tally is quickly accumulating.
“If they get enough production by the end of the year, the i4 M50 will probably be the best-selling M car this year – not here in Australia, because we just can’t get enough of it here,” did he declare.
“We have a very large order bank on this car at the moment, which extends into next year.
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The i4 M50 launched worldwide earlier this year, and in Australia it carries a price tag of $124,900 before road charges.
For the outlay, buyers are treated to a twin-motor setup that offers all-wheel drive and a combined 400kW/795Nm of power for a 0-60mph run in just 3.9 seconds.
The 84 kWh battery also allows a range of around 510 km when tested according to WLTP standards.
And the car that the i4 M50 has to beat in first place? No doubt this is the poster child for the entire M brand – the M4.
Launching in Australia in 2021, the M4 comes in three flavors starting with the base manual coupe for $158,500.
Power for the M4 comes from a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six petrol engine, producing 353kW/550Nm in entry-level, or 375kW/650Nm in Competition trim.
The top-of-the-line M4 Competition M xDrive can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds thanks to its all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission, but costs almost $50,000 more than the i4 M50 at 174 $500.
In fact, so popular is the i4 M50 in Australia, Mr Michel revealed that the wait time for the all-electric model is “at least 12 months”.
So it looks like BMW performance enthusiasts are ready to embrace the electric future, and M is gearing up to launch its first all-electric model soon.
Last week, BMW revealed it was testing a “concept” vehicle with four electric motors and an integrated driving dynamics control system that could form the basis of the next generation of M products.
This likely signals the current M3 sedan, M3 Touring, M4 coupe and convertible and the upcoming M2 as the last non-electrified M cars to come from Munich.
Mr Michel said he saw the appetite for a BMW-badged electric performance car growing, even in Australia.
“I think the first thing with our M customers is that they expect performance. And whether it’s an internal combustion engine M3 or a possible future all-electric M car, both are going to work. “, did he declare.
“And I have no doubt that the guys from Munich, regardless of where they go, I’m pretty sure going forward they’ll still be very successful in the M cars.”