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BMW’s first electric M car, the i4 M50 sedan, launches in Singapore

Derryn Wong
15/07/2022

High performance electric sedan BMW i4 M50 packs 544hp, pricing starts from S$413k with COE

SINGAPORE 

A new high-performance electric sedan has launched from BMW today, with the BMW i4 M50 making its local debut at the brand’s BMW Experience Days 2022 event held at Changi Exhibition Centre. 


The car is the second model in the i4 lineup, joining the BMW i4 eDrive40 (S$338,888 with COE) that launched earlier this year. The i4 M50, as the ‘M’ in its name promises, has a lot more power, all-wheel drive, and is priced at S$412.888 with COE. There is also a special M anniversary edition, the 50 Jahre, that costs S$441,888 with COE.*

*Say ‘BMW i4 M50 50 Jahre 50 times fast and you win a prize.**
**Ok not really.

To take in the car with your own eyes, visit the Performance Munich Autos showroom from Monday, 18 July 2022.

BMW M celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and BMW Asia celebrated with its Experience Days event this weekend, where it’s expected more than 500 attendees will get to drive BMW and BMW M models.

Mr Lars Nielsen, the managing director of BMW Asia, said: “This is the perfect time to present the first electrified high-performance model in the history of BMW M GmbH, the BMW i4 M50, in Singapore. Deliveries of the first units of the BMW i4 M50 will happen this month, following the successful launch of the BMW i4 eDrive40 earlier this year.”


The i4 is closely related to the 4 Series Gran Coupe, BMW’s four-door coupe/GT sedan, and shares the same essential electric drive tech and battery pack as the base i4 eDrive40. The interior with its updated 14.9-inch BMW Widescreen and OS 8.

Watch our guy Luke take the i40 M50 on a drive in Oz and avoid the spectre of dead roos


As first reported by CarBuyer at the international announcement of the i4, the M50 may be the first electric M car, but it does stick to the M playbook closely: It has a sporty body kit, 19-inch wheels, more aggressive and blacked-out aero bits on the front, air curtains, and rear diffuser. 

Chassis improvement include M Sport brakes, variable sport steering, tuned M adaptive suspension (conventional front, air spring rear), special anti-roll bars, and strut tower brace on the front. 

Unlike the eDrive40, the M50 has dual electric motors with a total of 544hp and nearly 800Nm, making it accelerate in from 0-100km/h in less than four seconds.

We review the regular BMW i4 – the eDrive40 in Singapore – and loved it!
Model BMW i4 eDrive40BMW i4 M50
Power/Torque 340hp / 430Nm544hp / 795Nm
0-100km/h,Top speed5.7s, 190km/h 3.9 seconds, 225km/h
Weight (EU)2125kg 2290kg
Battery80.7kWh net80.7kWh net
Efficiency19.8kWh/100km*23.1kWh/100km**
Range460km*Up to 510km** 
Charge time8.5h to 100% at 11kW31min from 10% to 80%at 210kW8.5h to 100% at 11kW31min from 10% to 80%at 210kW

*LTA homologated figures
**WLTP non-LTA homologated figures 

The 50 Jahre model adds a bunch of special touches that celebrate BMW M’s five decades of motorsport nuttery and high-performance hijinks. It adds Frozen Portimao Blue paintwork, a BMW M Carbon Exterior package, interior carbon trim, sunroof, and 20-inch aero-design wheels. 

We test drove the BMW M850i with 50 Jahre bits in Germany – it makes a tasty car even tastier.

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bmw BMW M electric EV four-door gran coupe high performance i4 i4 m50 sedan

About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism. Previously, he was the editor for Top Gear Singapore, and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment. He's contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

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