BMW’s new sedan “i4” will reportedly take the fight directly to Tesla’s Model 3. Taking along with it, more than 500 horsepower and 300 miles of range.
The i4 will come with an 80-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack in its standard configuration, and it will offer 530 horsepower, according to Roadshow. The run from 0-62 mph will take 4 seconds flat on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 120 mph.
The i4 will use BMW’s new, so-called Generation 5 battery packs, which are significantly smaller than the Generation 3 and 4 packs used in the company’s current EVs. This makes the cells easier to package in the vehicle’s floor, and allows them to be more easily scaled for smaller or larger applications.
The i4 will drive for up to 373 miles on a single charge, though that figure was obtained using the optimistic WLTP testing cycle. Plugging it into a 150-kilowatt DC quick charger will juice its battery pack with an 80 percent charge in 35 minutes; alternatively, it will take about six minutes to channel 62 miles of range into the pack.
The BWM i4 will arrive in 2021 and the publication says we can expect additional variants in the future.