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      01-22-2021, 06:54 AM   #1
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Munich. When an ideal balance is called for between dynamics and ride comfort, the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series models consistently set the benchmark within their segments in the premium market. In terms of electrically powered vehicles, the new BMW i4 is set to take on this role very soon. The first purely electrically powered 4-door Gran Coupé enriches locally emission-free mobility with sheer driving pleasure.

"For the first time, we've developed a BMW with sporty DNA for purely electric driving entirely from scratch," explains project manager David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho. "The BMW i4 offers everything BMW stands for – and it's fully electric, too."

A few months prior to its world premiere, the BMW i4 is currently completing the final phase of driving dynamics testing. The focus here is on the integrated application of all drive and suspension components, ensuring that the spontaneous power delivery of the electric motor is combined with precisely controllable handling in every situation, fascinating cornering dynamics, optimised traction in all weather and road conditions and perfectly balanced ride comfort. For the purpose of this fine-tuning process, the BMW Group applies its technological expertise in the areas of drive and suspension drawn from decades of experience. This gives the new BMW i4 a mature premium character and makes for a driving experience that is unique within the competitive environment.

Excitingly calm: sprinting with the BMW i4.
With a maximum output of up to 390 kW/530 hp, the electric powertrain in the BMW i4 enables impressive acceleration manoeuvres: it reaches the 100 km/h mark in just four seconds from standstill. But even more impressive than its pure sprint capacity is the driving response it conveys. A model-specific damper technology reduces the dipping movements of the body at the moment of set-off, while the actuator-related wheel slip limitation (ARB) developed by BMW with its extremely fast and precise control guarantees optimum traction and perfect straight-line stability at all times – even on slippery road surfaces. This makes the catapult-like sprint in the new BMW i4 an experience that is both exciting and carefree, because it is not affected by drive slip or course corrections.

However, fascinating acceleration is only one aspect of the superior performance characteristics that define the BMW i4. Other distinguishing features include its spontaneous reactions to every movement – not just of the accelerator pedal but also of the steering and the brake pedal. The prerequisites for this high level of agility and precision are anchored in the underlying vehicle concept of the BMW i4. This includes the car's long wheelbase, wide track widths, model-specific camber values, large wheels, as well as the high torsional rigidity and the vehicle's low centre of gravity and weight balance.

Effortless precision: taking the bend on the ideal line.
All these parameters were taken into account in detail in the integrated application of the drive and suspension components so as to ensure hallmark BMW sporty flair in every situation on the road. The design and tuning of the suspension and damping systems consistently ensure optimum road contact. At the same time, the virtually silent drive in combination with the sophisticated suspension technology gives the impression of an effortlessly floating vehicle even at higher speeds, entirely unaffected by bumps in the road or difficult traction conditions.

"The BMW i4 conveys the feeling of being light and agile yet also solid and authoritative," says project manager David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho. "With its superior directional reliability and high level of cornering stability, it seems to literally attach itself to the road. All electric vehicles are capable of fast straight-line acceleration. But that's not enough for us at BMW."

The BMW i4 is also effortlessly controllable – even in highly dynamic driving situations. In addition to its neutral self-steering behaviour and its powerful, precisely controllable brakes, the steering in the BMW i4 is a major contributing factor here: it responds directly and with a high degree of accuracy, offering the driver precise feedback at all times while remaining entirely independent of drive forces, even during intensive acceleration or deceleration. Lane changes at high speeds are mastered with ease, while relaxed driving over long distances is ensured by the speed-related Servotronic power steering and the fact that the vehicle is largely insusceptible to any disruption caused by road bumps.

Typical BMW: the unique balance between sporty flair and ride comfort.
The distinctive driving dynamics of the BMW i4 derive partly from the fact that its performance characteristics are not achieved at the expense of driving comfort. The purely electrically powered Gran Coupé is characterised by unrestricted suitability for day-to-day use. Fitted with a high-voltage storage system featuring the latest battery cell technology that enables a range of up to 600 kilometres (WLTP), the chassis technology of the BMW i4 is designed for long-distance comfort, too. It is based on the high-quality damper technology, supplemented with model-specific components and separately tuned. This effectively reduces body vibrations due to road unevenness and on bends. The model-specific fine-tuning of the suspension and damping contributes significantly to the harmonious driving characteristics of the BMW i4.

At the same time as the final calibration runs are being held, preparations are underway for the production start-up at BMW Group Plant Munich. (See link to related press release.)
Here, every single production step is currently undergoing validation before the BMW i4 receives its final stamp of approval for characteristic BMW delivery quality.
https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/globa...il/T0324685EN/
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What the 4 series and M4 would have been with the proper grille.
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If this looks good, I will be taking a serious look at it. Any thoughts on pricing? Thinking $80-$90k range, any more than that and I will look at the Taycan instead.
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So much of what we see or hear is confusing.

The i4 was touted as the Tesla Model 3 competitor with pricing starting at $50K.

Leaks of two models being offered at the launch i430 i440 will not have the 530HP we keep seeing in all these articles. Every article I read, seems to be talking 530HP. Again, making no sense.

I can comprehend the i430 coming out at the $50K price point (less HP and less range), the i440 coming out in the mid $60K range with more HP and the 373 mile range, and a future model with the 530HP and prices north of $70K.

The concept (which is supposedly at least 85% of what will be in the production car) certainly doesn't jibe with the pictures/videos we see in camo. Body lines look off to me. Hood lines don't match the concept. Interior shots in this video look pretty mundane too. Not sure how BMW calculates the 15% difference...but no full glass roof should account for a good percentage of the 15%.....unless they count the roof as 1%, the hood as 1%, the interior as 1% and so on. To my eye, the camo versions we see look like a completely different car than the concept.


The concept IMO was stunning, but the rendered production version looks pretty clunky in comparison (IMO). The ICE 4 series looks much better to my eye than the rendered i4 and looks closer to the concept.

I will reserve judgement until the actual car is released. But from what has been reported and what I have seen, I'm not having high hopes.
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If this looks good, I will be taking a serious look at it. Any thoughts on pricing? Thinking $80-$90k range, any more than that and I will look at the Taycan instead.
Not sure on pricing but I would imagine that most models will likely fall between the equivalent 3 and 5-series for pricing? I don't expect it to be cheap though, that's for sure.
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It's sharp looking (so far ). I wonder if leasing this might be better? And would BMW do a longer lease than the typical 3 years because it's electric?
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So much of what we see or hear is confusing.

The i4 was touted as the Tesla Model 3 competitor with pricing starting at $50K.
I'm not sure BMW has claimed that for a while, where did you read that?

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Leaks of two models being offered at the launch i430 i440 will not have the 530HP we keep seeing in all these articles. Every article I read, seems to be talking 530HP. Again, making no sense.
The launch models will the i440 and i4 M50, the i435 (not i430) will apparently come later. The i4 M50 is the 530 HP one.

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The concept (which is supposedly at least 85% of what will be in the production car) certainly doesn't jibe with the pictures/videos we see in camo. Body lines look off to me. Hood lines don't match the concept.
I'm not sure what you expected? The 4 concept (https://i.ytimg.com/vi/FZ63v_dEkms/maxresdefault.jpg) also had a different hood line than the production G22, they can do that for the concept cause they don't need to cater to safety regulations etc.

Anybody who thought the i4 would get a different hood line than the G22/G26 was delusional.

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Interior shots in this video look pretty mundane too.
Well, we'll see about that. The iX seems to get an interior which is not too far off from the concept. So far, BMW hasn't shown the final i4 design.

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The concept IMO was stunning, but the rendered production version looks pretty clunky in comparison (IMO). The ICE 4 series looks much better to my eye than the rendered i4 and looks closer to the concept.
I think we can assume that the final production version will look very similar to the 4 Gran Coupe/G26, possibly with a grille structure more akin to the iX than the G22.
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Did they change the grill from the concept?
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If this looks good, I will be taking a serious look at it. Any thoughts on pricing? Thinking $80-$90k range, any more than that and I will look at the Taycan instead.
This is the question I have in mind as well. The launch pricing of i4 will determine its initial success. This market segment is getting more competitive.
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Did they change the grill from the concept?
I don't think they did. It's camouflaged.
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If this looks good, I will be taking a serious look at it. Any thoughts on pricing? Thinking $80-$90k range, any more than that and I will look at the Taycan instead.
Think M4 pricing I think was it, or at least the top performance model would be.
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I have a 530e and I am in favor of electrification. I would be interested in one of the high end versions but not so long as they have the new Edsel grills.

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What the 4 series and M4 would have been with the proper grille.
Umm 🤔 If I'm not mistaken, this is actually the concept that spawned the massive grille
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Excited for this car, though not expecting to buy it. Hopefully it can show that bmw can make a proper full electric car that is desirable
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I don't think they did. It's camouflaged.
We can safely call it a definite "no". It's indeed camouflaged very similarly to how it is/was on 4 Series and M3/M4 mules.
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I was expecting the i4 to have a bit more of a bespoke design, and built from the ground up as an electric car.
This looks like a new 4-series Grand Coupe with an electric drivetrain. Am I missing something?
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I was expected the i4 to have a bit more of a bespoke design, and built from the ground up as an electric car.
This looks like a new 4-series Grand Coupe with an electric drivetrain. Am I missing something?
Nope, that's pretty much what the i4 will be. BMW is betting big on shared ICE/EV platforms.
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The ICE 4 series looks better to my eye than the rendered i4. The hood on the rendered i4 is pancake flat.

When they said you will get 85% of the concept, I expected it to look better than the 1974 Buick with a Edsel grille.

If this is the product BMW presents I may just buy a 4 series 440 (or keep my low mileage M240i). Maybe wait and see what other EV's come to the market.

IMO this is a huge disappointment.

Again, I will "wait and see", as so much conjecture and false flags.

Search BMW i4 MSRP and see the $50K number come up.
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I've been waiting for a full size BMW EV for far too long. I hope it has some form of autonomous driving aids, i.e. "Autopilot" like the Teslas. I also hope they don't try to price it like 80-90k b/c that is not going to compete with the Model 3 in any way. If BMW has learned anything from the i3, just b/c it has a BMW badge on it, doesn't mean its going to just fly off the showroom. The i3 was priced about 10k (before rebates) more than what most people would want to pay for a short range EV. If this one could go at least 300 miles and have respectable specs similar to a Model 3, then I would definitely consider it.

Hopefully they don't take the grille too far b/c the reception has been overwhelmingly negative and BMW should incorporate any redesigns now before they launch. Its clear not many are fans of the oversized grilles.

C'mon BMW, make me want this. Make me want to blow money on your cars. Swallow your pride and listen to your fans.
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