The all-electric BMW i4, which is the first purely electrically powered 4-door Gran Coupé, has achieved a perfect balance of handling, dynamics, comfort and workmanship, and in doing so ensured the sporty flair expected from BMW.

"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.” 

New BMW i4 front shot.


Now only a few months until 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.

New BMW i4 rear three-quarter shot.


With a maximum output of up to 530 hp, the electric powertrain in the BMW i4 enables impressive acceleration, reaching 62mph in just four seconds. But even more impressive is the driving response it conveys.

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, guarantees optimum traction and perfect straight-line stability at all times – even on slippery road surfaces.

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. 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.

New BMW i4 side profile shot.


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. 

"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. 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. This 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.

New BMW i4 front three-quarter shot.


The distinctive driving dynamics of the BMW i4 derive partly from the fact that its performance is not at the expense of driving comfort. The purely electrically powered Gran Coupé is fitted with a high-voltage storage system featuring the latest battery cell technology that enables a range of up to 372 miles* (WLTP). The chassis of the BMW i4 is designed for long-distance comfort and is based on high-quality damper technology, which is also supplemented with model-specific components and separately tuned. This effectively reduces body vibrations due to road unevenness and on bends. 

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*Provisional, not yet confirmed data, subject to change without notice.


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