Film composer Hans Zimmer provided the soundtrack to the world premiere in Geneva.
The electric motor developed for the BMW i4 generates maximum output of up to 390 kW/530 hp, which ranks it alongside a current BMW V8 combustion engine.
The fifth generation of BMW eDrive also brings a newly designed high-voltage battery which weighs roughly 550kg, has an energy content of around 80 kWh and achieves an operating range of up to 600 km (373 miles) in the WLTP cycle.
“The BMW Concept i4 brings electrification to the core of the BMW brand,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
“The design is dynamic, clean and elegant. In short: a perfect BMW that happens to be zero emission.”
The drivetrain’s standout numbers include a range of 600 km (373 miles), output of up to 530 hp, 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration of approximately 4.0 seconds and a top speed in excess of 200 km/h (124 mph).
Blue elements in the front end, flanks and rear end point to the car’s BMW i origins.
Series production of the new BMW i4 will begin in 2021 at the BMW Group’s main plant in Munich.
This means that, in the future, combustion-engined vehicles, plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles will be manufactured on the same assembly line in Munich.