As we mentioned earlier, BMW M is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the world today is getting two new special edition models, but we Malaysians are getting not one, not two, but five new M cars that have just been launched. Here, for the first time, we are focusing on the fully-electric M model that could hit the road – the BMW i4 M50, the worst version of the zero-emission Gran Coupe in Munich.
First, let’s start with the price. Like other electric vehicles, the i4 M50 benefits from government import tax, excise duty and road tax exemptions and is priced. RM430,800, RM41,000 more expensive than the standard eDrive40 variant. The figures include sales and service tax (SST), as the car is expected to arrive after the June 30 cutoff for the Panjana rebate, as well as a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, a six-year free service package and an eight-year / 160,000km battery. Warranty.
Unlike the rear-drive eDrive40, the M50 gets all-wheel drive, thanks to the addition of a front motor that produces 190 kW (258 PS) and 430 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the rear unit has been slightly detuned at 230 kW (313 PS, less than 340 PS) and 365 Nm, although this is still enough to dish out 400 kW (544 PS) and 795 Nm total system output for i40. .
These combined figures are available to drivers for up to ten seconds using the Sport Boost function, which enables the M50 to run electronically at a speed of zero to 100 km / h in 3.9 seconds (about two seconds faster than the eDrive40). Maximum speed 225 km / h (from 190 km / h)
Equipped with the same 83.9 kWh (80.7 kWh net) lithium-ion battery as the eDrive40, the M50 actually delivers a range of 510 km, 80 km less in the same WLTP cycle. Using an 11kW AC charger takes eight hours and 15 minutes to charge, the M50 is capable of receiving up to 200kW of DC charging power, the latter filling up the battery by 10 to 80% in just 31 minutes.
According to our eDrive40, the M50 M comes as standard with the Sport package, which includes a variety of features including a gray (closed-off) double kidney grille with gray pinstripping, an M grill badge (instead of the i logo), and a gray rear diffuser. Highlights, a boot lid lip spoiler and BMW M’s trademark dual-arm door mirror.
Inside, there are carbon fiber trim inserts, a sturdy M Sport seat and M Tricolor seat belts with standard M Sport steering wheel, alloy pedals and black headlining. Like the eDrive40, the M50 gets a curved display panel with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch center touchscreen, both running the latest BMW operating system 8.
Other standard features include a SenseTex Fox leather dashboard wrapper, a sliding glass sunroof, park support, a 360-degree camera system, IconicSounds electric features (designed in collaboration with renowned composer Hans Zimmer’s paths) and Acoustics.
In terms of safety, the M50 comes with a complete driving assistance package, which includes autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centering assistance, lane keeping assistance and blind spot monitoring. There is also a BMW version of Active Protection, a pre-Safe Mercedes-Benz.
In terms of color, the i4 M50 is available in Mineral White, Black Sapphire, M Brooklyn Gray, M Portimo Blue, and Sanremo Green, with either black (with contrasting blue stitching) or Cognac Vernasca leather upholstery on the inside. The car can now be booked online at BMW Shop Online for a fee of RM5,000 with monthly installments starting from RM4,958 through Straight Line Financing.
Gallery: BMW i4 M50 Global Press Image