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The BMW i4 M50 is one big electric punch for P5.99 million

How does 544hp of power sound?

The second and most powerful variant of the i4 is introduced to our market. PHOTO BY SIMONN ANG

Ever wanted your electric BMW to have a little more zing? BMW Philippines has finally brought in the higher-spec i4 M50 for those looking for thrills.

The price of admission? A sweet P5,990,000, a P1,500,000 difference over the base eDrive35. So, what does that get you?

These badges mean serious business. PHOTOS BY SIMONN ANG

The biggest draw to this is the bump in power. Now with two electric motors, it gains all-wheel drive and a power output of 544hp (with 795Nm).

The top speed is 225km/h, but the 0-100km/h sprint is done in 3.9 seconds. The maximum range is also up to 520km from a single charge.

The only place you'll be able to find blue accents is around the BMW roundel. PHOTOS BY SIMONN ANG

It introduces the M Sport cosmetics with a more aggressive front and a rear bumper with a diffuser, alongside a small lip spoiler and 19-inch alloy wheels that also hide large M Sport brakes.

This ditches the blue accents, introduces several M badges all around, and comes in three colors: Alpine White, M Portimao Blue, and M Brooklyn Gray.

A no-nonsense interior. PHOTOS BY SIMONN ANG

The interior is upholstered in black Vernasca leather with blue stitching on the M Sport seats, alongside aluminum interior trim and an M leather steering wheel.

Otherwise, it’s similar to the base i4 with the Curved Display that merges a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen. It runs Operating System 8.5 and features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. It also has BMW ConnectedDrive services.

Other niceties include a three-zone climate control system, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system that plays BMW IconicSounds Electric, and wireless charging.

If you can afford its asking price, you'll be getting one exciting EV. PHOTOS BY SIMONN ANG

The car comes with the BMW Driving Assistant package, which introduces lane-departure warning with lane return, lane-change warning, front-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian warning, rear cross-traffic alert, rear-collision prevention, and a manual speed limiter.

Finally, there is a five-year comprehensive warranty, a six-year BMW Service Inclusive package, an eight-year warranty for the battery, and a free Wallbox charger to be installed at the customer’s residence for free.

Sam Surla

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