2022 BMW i4 Gran Coupe M50

The all-electric i4 M50 thrusts forward with 536 horsepower and 586 lb-ft of torque from its dual motor drivetrain. Such tremendous power from the electric motors is passed to the respective drive axle through an one-speed transmission, and that’s good enough to propel this 5,000-pound coupe from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. With foot hard pressed, hitting 100 mph is effortless.

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The drivetrain for the i4 M50. (Courtesy of BMW)

The electric energy is stored in an 81-kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack that can be filled up with AC Fast Charging and DC Fast Charging. 10 minutes of DC Fast Charging will carry this coupe up to 97 miles. On a full charge, the i4 M50 has a maximum range of up to 270 miles. Brake Energy Recuperation System contributes to the maximum range.

This vehicle measures 188.5 inches long, 72.9 inches wide, and 57 inches tall.

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Topping up at a charging station. (Courtesy of BMW)

The i4 line has just two models: eDrive 40 and M50. The M50 has Adaptive M Suspension with electronically controlled damper, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Brake Fade Compensation and Start-off Assistant, making for a wonderful driving experience.

The 2022 BMW i4 has no NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating.

Inside the cabin you find the conventional instrument cluster and infotainment system display have been replaced by dual widescreens housed in a curved frame. This is BMW’s Live Cockpit Plus, running iDrive 8 system software on the 12.3″ instrument cluster and the 14.9″ central information display.

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BMW Curved Display. (Courtesy of BMW)

This system can be controlled through voice commands, touchscreen, or iDrive touchpad controller.

The interior had Anthracite headliner and Aluminum Rhombicle Anthracite trim. The three-spoke leather-wrapped heated steering wheel acts as a command center, with two packed clusters of controls on the face.

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The interior of the i4 M50. (Courtesy of BMW)

BMW keeps you connected with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The navigation system has extra deep integration with Apple Maps when using CarPlay; showing the map and instructions on the control display, information display, as well as the HUD. This navigation system uses cloud-based BMW Maps to better and more quickly come up with traffic forecasts using real-time data. This map system integrates digital services of navigation, parking, and charging.

There is not an abundance of cabin space, even though there is a 40/20/40 split fold-down rear seats. I liked the power glass moonroof which gave the appearance of more room.

It was hot in Texas the week of my drive, which seemed to tax the multi zone climate control.

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Looking from the back. (Courtesy of BMW)

BMW had an array of standard safety features like Frontal Collision Warning with braking and Pedestrian Warning with braking, Lane Departure Warning, rear view camera, rear collision warning, rear cross-traffic warning, park distance control, and Active Blind Spot Detection. There are many more available advanced safety features, such as Speed Limit Assist, Parking Assistant, and Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go.

Overall, the cabin was amazingly quiet, and the BMW cornered with smooth quickness and impressive speed.

The list price of the 2022 BMW i4 M50 starts at $65,900. There are several options package available. The Premium Package brings heated steering wheel, lumbar support, heated front seats, and ambient lighting. The Driving Assistance Professional Package adds Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited access highways, Active cruise control with stop & go, Active lane keeping assistant with side collision avoidance, Evasion aid, and Front cross-traffic alert. These are just two notable examples of what you can add to your M50.

4 years/50,000 miles New Vehicle Limited Warranty
8 years/100,000 miles High Voltage Battery Warranty
12 years/unlimited mileage Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
4 years/unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance Program

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