Production of BMW’s i4 M Quad-Motor EV Nears Completion

First sighting of all-electric test prototype with uniform bodywork marks a significant milestone.

Our team of photographers at CarBuzz recently snapped photos of the initial electric BMW M vehicle, playing joyfully in the snow with its finished exterior design. The yet-to-be-named model was initially spotted in August of 2022, accompanied by a teaser revealing that the M Division was in the process of creating a prototype for an electric BMW i4. This development vehicle could potentially pave the way for an M3 EV in the future.

Although the crucial aspects of what lies beneath the surface remain unseen, this marks the initial occasion in which we have witnessed the prototype adorned in its complete attire.

What’s the latest update?

The front of the four-door electric vehicle features a grille borrowed from the M4 CSL, integrated into the EV’s fascia. However, there is now a distinct white script badge accompanying the iconic M badge. While it is difficult to make out the exact words on the badge, it appears that the final name for this vehicle has not yet been decided. (Despite the recent trademark of iM3 as a potential name).

In addition, it is clear that the latest modification on the M4-style bumper includes large and prominent splitters at each corner. These splitters bear a striking resemblance to those found on the M3 CS, adding to the overall aggressive aesthetic of the vehicle. The wheels are also noteworthy, seemingly inspired by the iconic design of the 3.0 CSL, although without the distinctive center-locking lugs. It is worth noting that these particular wheels come with a hefty price tag, possibly explaining why the rear wheels bear a striking resemblance to the Style 437M rims found on the F82 M4.

It is noteworthy to mention the emergence of a fresh hood, updated brakes, novel headlights, and a rear spoiler that makes its debut. Additionally, the wrap has undergone a subtle revamp.

According to previous statements from BMW, their upcoming electric vehicles may be capable of generating up to one megawatt of power (equivalent to 1,000 kilowatts or 1,341 horsepower). And if our recent discovery of a patent is any indication, there’s a possibility that these EVs may also feature an active differential. This innovation would allow the vehicle to operate on a single motor for optimal range, but it could also give BMW M’s future electric models surprising abilities, such as executing a four-wheel standing donut.

Although this test car seems to be nearing its final stages, it is still uncertain when BMW will officially release any new models based on this prototype. There have been conflicting reports about whether the next M3 and M4 will remain solely gasoline-powered or if there will be a mix of electric and gas options. However, with the inclusion of additional production-ready components on the test vehicle, we can hope that more details will be revealed in the near future.


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