Spy photographers have caught the 2022 BMW i4 on numerous occasions, but this might be the first sighting of the upcoming M variant.
While the car is heavily disguised, it sports a handful of telltale M styling cues including aerodynamic mirror caps and a high-performance braking system with blue calipers.
A closer inspection also reveals a rear lip spoiler and extended rear fenders. The latter suggest his particular prototype has a wider rear track.
It remains unclear if there will be any other changes, but the production model could have modified bumpers to make it more distinctive. That would probably be a wise idea as electric M models will eschew the traditional four-tailpipe exhaust system.
There’s no word on specifications at this point, but BMW has previously said the standard i4 will have an output of around 523 hp (390 kW / 530 PS). That’s more than the M3 Competition and it will enable the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in approximately four seconds, before hitting a top speed in excess of 125 mph (200 km/h).
While the i4 M could be more powerful, speculation suggests the changes will primarily involve a more aggressive design and a sportier driving experience. This suggests the model could be more like an M Performance variant rather than a full-bore M car. Of course, time will tell.
BMW M has been tight-lipped about the upcoming model, but CEO Markus Flasch recently confirmed its existence and said “Next year we will launch the first battery-electric M car in the performance segment, based on the i4.”