BMW i4 Beats Model 3 in Performance? – If in the past Tesla tried to build and put themselves on a par with the senior automobile companies, it looks like it’s turning around. Indirectly, the internal combustion carmaker began to move and continued to pair with Tesla’s ability to build electric cars. This can be seen from the competition from car makers such as BMW with their electric car designs.
BMW i4 Beats Model 3 in Performance?
The BMW i4 is expected to be a close match for the Tesla Model 3 in size and price. At the moment the German automaker appears to be suggesting its plans to beat Tesla in terms of handling. In a press release, BMW said handling performance was a priority for the i4. The Model 3 competitor is scheduled to start production later this year.
“All-electric vehicles are capable of fast straight-line acceleration,” said project manager David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho in a statement. “But that’s not enough for us at BMW.”
BMW is known by the tagline “The Ultimate Driving Machine”, and photos released by the automaker showing a prototype camouflaged sideways on a test track suggest that the automaker wants to inspire future electric cars with the same level of sportiness.
To that end, the car manufacturer mentions a few ingredients that should make a luxury car good handling, including a low center of gravity, communicative steering, and a suspension sturdy enough for body movement without compromising ride quality.
The I4 itself is expected to be similar in size and shape to the petrol BMW 4 Gran Coupe. This means it will be a four-door sedan with a low, coupe-like roofline. BMW first teased the i4 with the i Vision Dynamics concept shown in 2017 and then launched a second concept version last year.
BMW has a production version of the 80-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that will provide a range of about 270 miles on the EPA test cycle. The I4 will also use the complete line-up of fifth-generation BMW EV architectural pieces, with the most powerful version at 523 horsepower.
The I4 will also be BMW’s first electric car with integrated Apple CarPlay-based charging intelligence. Drivers will be able to use Apple Maps to calculate the best route based on the coverage and location of charging stations along the way.
The same partnership will also enable a “digital lock” function, which allows drivers to use their Apple device in place of a key fob – similar to the Tesla Model 3 and its card system.