BMW M Working On M3-Faced Quad-Motor EV Prototype

BMW M started testing fully electric prototypes after the 50th anniversary celebrations. Based on the BMW i4 M50, these include quad electric motors, a new driving dynamics control system, and a reworked chassis.

BMW's i4 M50 and iX M60 are electric performance variants, and the i7 M70 is coming in 2023, but there's no M EV yet. BMW M is preparing for the all-electric age, hoping to keep a "emotional driving experience" in future zero-emission sportscars.

BMW i4 M50 is the first test vehicle for "innovative drive and chassis control technologies." Unique characteristics are included. The prototype gets a face transplant from the ICE-powered M3/M4, a larger body, and a distinctive livery.

Surprisingly, the grille and bumper intakes remain exposed, perhaps cooling the EV engine and other mechanical components. The prototype's interior has been redesigned to resemble a "rolling test laboratory"

The body hides more changes. BMW M introduced a quad-electric motor powertrain with driving dynamics control. In the revolutionary variable M xDrive four-wheel-drive system, each wheel is controlled individually by a central control unit. Front struts from the M3/M4 increase torsional rigidity.

The carmaker didn't reveal the quad-motor i4 prototype's combined power output, but they promise "exceptional performance." The car performs a donut-style tank turn in the official video, although it appears to be CGI.

The basic i4 M50 in the video produces 536 horsepower (400 kW / 544 PS) and 586 lb-ft (795 Nm) of torque. Recuperating energy from all four motors during braking increases range.

BMW states that "due to sensitive driving torque dosing and conversion without discernible latency, much higher cornering speeds may be attained, even on rain-soaked or snow-covered roads." Dirk Häcker, Head of Development at BMW M GmbH, said, "Electrification allows us to generate M-typical dynamics."

We can already see how to maximize this potential so that our high-performance sports cars continue to offer M-typical dynamics, agility, and precision in a locally emission-free future.

The quad-motor BMW i4 M50 may not be produced, but its technology will likely be used in future BMW M vehicles. The company will soon unveil a plug-in hybrid version of the XM as its new flagship.