BMW’s portfolio consists of a number of M-badged electrical vehicles, just like the iX M60, however each full-blown M mannequin launched thus far has been piston-powered. That is set to vary within the coming years: BMW M has began testing a battery-powered, i4-based prototype with 4 motors.
The take a look at mule is an evolution of the i4 M50 sedan with punched-out wheel arch flares and front-end elements borrowed from the M3/M4 duo. Whereas that is an attention-grabbing proposition by itself, it is what’s underneath the physique that counts: energy comes from 4 electrical motors (one per wheel) that ship through-the-road all-wheel-drive. BMW M hasn’t launched particulars like horsepower, weight, and driving vary, nevertheless.
BMW notes that assigning every wheel its personal motor unlocks a number of advantages together with exact, variable, and fast torque distribution. In idea, the prototype may be front-, rear-, left-, or right-wheel-drive. The motors are linked to a central management unit that displays quite a few parameters, like highway circumstances and the driving model, and distributes torque accordingly. It will possibly make modifications in mere milliseconds.
There isn’t any phrase but on what the longer term holds for this wide-bodied i4. BMW explains that it is testing the prototype in real-world circumstances to collect information concerning the powertrain and superb tune it, however it hasn’t introduced plans to convey the mannequin to collection manufacturing.