BMW launches 544-hp i4 M50 electric sports sedan

Last Wednesday, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation, the official importer and distributor of BMW vehicles in the Philippines, launched its first-ever BMW i4 M50 – a high-performance fully electric grand coupe. The model follows the recent launch of the BMW i4 eDrive35 last January, and now offers the public another German branded 4-door electric vehicle with a generous driving range of 520 km, alongside an extra-meticulously crafted cabin, only using premium materials (and also vegan, mind you!).

BMW’s M series was originally conceived as a means to homologate BMW’s racing cars for competition. But the M series quickly evolved into a line of high-performance road cars designed to deliver unparalleled driving dynamics and excitement. With its roots tracing back to the iconic BMW M1 from the late 1970s, the M series has since expanded to encompass a more diverse range of models—from coupes and sedans to SUVs, and now even electric vehicles!

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“The BMW i4 M50 is poised to change the minds of our customers towards electrification. This model proves that electric vehicles can also be powerful and enjoyable to drive, whether it’s in the city or the track. There’s so much potential in making EV driving even more exciting for the Philippine market and BMW is glad to be one of the premium brands that can make this happen,” shared SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation President, Spencer Yu.

The BMW i4 M50 carries dual electric motors on its front and rear axles; and combined with its M-specific chassis technology, it offers aspirational driving dynamics with a combined output of 544hp. The model also utilizes BMW’s fifth generation eDrive technology, which synergizes the electric motor, power electronics and the car’s transmission to deliver cutting-edge efficiency. 

This EV is able to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds! Stop and mentally digest that for a second. That’s thanks to a whopping 795 Nm of torque!

Inside the i4 M50 are M sport seats, upholstered in Black Vernasca Leather with sporty blue stitching. Complementing the design is an M Anthracite Rhombicle aluminum interior trim. The steering wheel is wrapped in M leather as standard.

The interior splendor of the BMW i4 M50 can be described as a fusion of functionality and entertainment. At the heart of this fusion lies the center console, offering a functional layout that seamlessly integrates essential components such as the transmission selector lever, BMW Controller, and function keys. Additionally, a convenient storage shelf provides a home for wireless charging, ensuring that drivers remain connected on the go.

Beyond its functional layout, the interior of the BMW i4 M50 is equipped with an array of standard features designed to enhance comfort and convenience. Smartphone integration allows for seamless connectivity, ensuring that drivers can access essential apps and services with ease. Meanwhile, a three-zone automatic climate control system, complete with nanofiber filter technology, ensures a comfortable cabin environment for all occupants.

The BMW i4 M50 also seeks to elevate the driving experience through innovative entertainment options. Interestingly, a generated model-specific “drive sound” provides authentic feedback to accelerator movements, immersing EV drivers in an auditory experience reminiscent of traditional internal combustion engines. Because certainly, these machine sounds tend to enhance the thrill of the drive. Furthermore, the integration of BMW IconicSounds Electric introduces a selection of captivating soundscapes, co-developed with renowned film composer Hans Zimmer, further enhancing the BMW i4 M50’s sensory experience.

Rounding out the entertainment offerings is the inclusion of the Harman Kardon surround sound system, which delivers high-quality audio throughout the cabin. Whether cruising down the highway or navigating city streets, drivers and passengers alike can enjoy an immersive listening experience that complements the i4 M50’s performance capabilities. In essence, the interior of the BMW i4 M50 is not just a space for mobility, but a sanctuary of modernity, connectivity, entertainment and performance.

Moreover, BMW is a pioneer in the premium automotive segment by being the first and only brand to introduce comprehensive digital services through BMW ConnectedDrive. This means customers can gain access to the MyBMW App, which empowers them to remotely control their vehicle functions and access essential vehicle information directly from their smartphones. BMW Maps and a Remote Software Upgrade option are also part of the package.

The BMW i4 M50 places a strong emphasis on driver safety by incorporating a range of camera and radar-based assistance features. Standard features include the Reverse Assist Camera and Parking Assistant, providing drivers with added confidence and convenience while doing parking maneuvers.

Additionally, the BMW Driving Assistant package is included with the i4 M50, offering a suite of advanced safety features. This package comprises Lane Departure Warning with lane return, Lane Change Warning, Front Collision Warning with automatic braking, Pedestrian Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Warning, Rear Collision Prevention, and Manual Speed Limit Assist. These features work together to enhance driver awareness and help mitigate potential risks on the road.

The BMW i4 M50 is priced at Php 5,990,000 and comes with a comprehensive 5-year BMW Warranty, a 6-year BMW Service Inclusive package, and an 8-year high voltage battery warranty. Customers will receive a BMW Wallbox charger, which will be installed by a BMW i partner in their home.

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