536-HP 2022 BMW i4 M50 Almost Outruns the M3 Competitors

2022 bmw m3 competition and i4 m50

Michael Simari, BMWAutomotive and Driver

  • In our testing, the 2022 BMW i4 M50 reached 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, which makes it 0.2 second faster than the M3 Competitors.
  • Nonetheless, the M3 Competitors beats it by 0.1 second within the quarter-mile and passes it after 80 mph.

  • The i4 M50 is the primary M-badged electrical, and it has 536 horsepower from two electrical motors. The M3 Competitors is the extra highly effective model of the M3, and it has a 503-hp twin-turbo inline-six.

    Welcome to Automotive and Driver’s Testing Hub, the place we zoom in on the take a look at numbers. We have been pushing automobiles to their limits since 1956 to offer goal knowledge to bolster our subjective impressions (you’ll be able to see how we take a look at right here). A extra complete evaluation of the 2022 BMW i4 M50 might be discovered right here.

    The 2022 BMW i4 M50 is the model’s first electrical automobile to put on an M badge. Though it is not a full-blown M automotive, it has what it takes to maintain up with top-performing compact sports activities sedans and coupes from M in a straight line. In Automotive and Driver testing, it outaccelerated the M3 Competitors to 60 mph and, to little shock, overcame gas-powered “M lite” vehicles such because the M340i and M440i. When it will definitely arrives, now we have little doubt that the primary full-M electrical automotive can be a critical performer.

    In our testing, the i40 M50 reached 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, 0.2 second forward of the rear-wheel-drive M3 Competitors and almost half a second forward of BMW’s preliminary declare. And that is even with the i4’s further 1243 kilos in contrast with the M3 Competitors on our scales. That is partly from its 81.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and two electrical motors. One motor powers every axle, and the 2 mix for a complete output of 536 horsepower and 586 pound-feet of torque. Because the extra highly effective model of the M3, the Competitors mannequin has 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque from BMW’s S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, despatched by an eight-speed automated transmission. An all-wheel-drive M3 Competitors is now out there, and though we have not strapped our take a look at gear to 1 but we anticipate it to match the i40 M50’s efficiency to 60 mph.

    Nonetheless, the M3 Competitors shows its horsepower-to-weight benefit and beats the i4 M50 within the quarter-mile. The M3 passes the M50 after 80 mph and blasts by in 11.6 seconds at 124 mph, whereas the i4 is 0.1 second behind and touring 4 mph slower. The i4 M50 takes benefit of its all-wheel drive and the moment torque from its electrical motors, although, going from 5 to 60 mph 1.0 second faster than the M3. Our take a look at outcomes additionally present the hole in passing speeds, with the M3 requiring an extra 0.9 second to go from 30 to 50 mph and an additional 0.7 second to get from 50 to 70 mph.

    The M3 Competitors is extra succesful in corners, attaining 1.03 g’s on the skidpad in comparison with the i4 M50’s 0.97 g. The M3 was outfitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, whereas the i4 M50 arrived with Pirelli P Zero Elect PZ4 rubber. Its lateral grip places it extra consistent with the M340i, which had a max cornering functionality of 0.96 g in our testing and was additionally outfitted with Pilot Sport 4S tires just like the M3. At our fifteenth annual Lightning Lap occasion, we lapped the M3 Competitors xDrive round Virginia Worldwide Raceway’s Grand Course in 2: 53.5.

    Michael SimariAutomotive and Driver

    The 2022 BMW i4 M50’s $66,895 beginning value is a relative cut price for what you get by way of efficiency, because the M3 Competitors prices $7100 extra. Positive, you’ll be able to’t get a purist rear-drive and handbook transmission setup within the i4 like our long-term M3 take a look at automotive, however the numbers communicate for themselves. We won’t wait to see what the eventual full-M electrical fashions can be able to on the take a look at observe. Verify again for our full take a look at and evaluation of the i4 M50 quickly.

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    Patrick is our chief editor and he's very passionate about cars. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and he studies journalism. His favorite brand is BMW and he drives an X5 series. When he's not writing for Vehiclenews.net, he enjoys spending time with his family and 9 years old son.

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