This year marks 50 years of history for BMW M GmbH, the part of the company that makes the sportiest cars. The anniversary year is also a perfect time to look ahead to the first fully electric car from BMW M GmbH, which will come out next year.
The Gran Coupé BMW i4 M50 and the BMW iX M60 are electric cars that already have the letter M in their names. The BMW i7 M70 xDrive, a high-end sedan, will join them next year. They all have the well-known BMW performance style and handling, but the letter M offers even more.
BMW M, which makes the rawest BMW models, just showed off the first fully electric "pure" M model, which will be a pleasure to drive in the future. This means that the standards for dynamic characteristics and performance are raised even higher.
After a series of intense development and testing phases, first on virtual models and then on test benches, the tests are now being done on the road to see how the parts and software work in real life. All of this takes place in an extraordinary test car made by the engineers at BMW M.
The test car's body was changed from the BMW i4 M50 electric car. It also has its technology for the electric powertrain under the vehicle. In typical BMW M style, the wide edges of the fenders show that both the front and rear axles were made to make driving fun. The car also has a BMW M3/M4 suspension system that has been modified to fit the electric car.
Inside the car, a lot of measuring technology can be used to look at every detail in different driving situations. By using the test car, the theory from the programming can be put to the test in a moving lab, and data can be passed on so that it can be improved and changed.
The test car's four electric motors are at its core. They are linked to an integrated control unit's dynamic M xDrive all-wheel drive. When each of the four wheels is driven by its electric engine, it opens up new ways for the forces to be distributed that are stepless, precise, and fast. Power is sent to the wheels based on the position of the accelerator, the angle of the steering wheel, the longitudinal and lateral acceleration, the speed of the wheels, and several other factors. So, the power and torque of the electric motors can be adjusted in milliseconds to a level of responsiveness that isn't possible with different types of powertrains. This makes it possible for BMW M to make electric sports cars that are especially fun to drive.
BMW M shows off its development skills and, by extension, its ability to bring the spirit of the letter M from cars with combustion engines to future electric models, where dynamics, agility, and precision are still the defining traits. So, the work that is being done with the test car is very important if future electric vehicles from BMW M GmbH are to have the same thing that has made M models from BMW stand out for the past 50 years: performance and experience through power and dynamics that allow for controllable handling right up to the limit.
BMW i4 M50. 544 hp. Range up to 512 km. Consumption 18.4 kWh/100 km. CO2 emissions 0 g/km. Charging time 0-100% at 11 kW: 8.25 hours. Charging time 10-80% at 200 kW: 31 min.
BMW iX M60. 619 hp. Range up to 561 km. Consumption 22.0 kWh/100 km. CO2 emissions 0 g/km. Charging time 10-100% at 11 kW: 11 hours. Charging time 10-80% at 195 kW: 39 min. Consumption and range can be affected by driving style, terrain, and weather.