BMW i4, 8 Se­ries, Z4, i8 Road­ster

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ON SALE: i4: 2021; 8 Se­ries: Late 2018; Z4: Spring 2019; i8 Road­ster: Late 2018 BASE PRICE: i4: $75,000 (est); 8 Se­ries: $100,000 (est); Z4: $50,000 (est); i8 Road­ster: $164,295

COULD THIS BE THE ELEC­TRIC re­place­ment for the 3 Se­ries? BMW’s i4 will be a ver­sion of the i Vi­sion Dy­nam­ics con­cept shown at the

2017 Frank­furt auto show. Although the pro­duc­tion model hasn’t bro­ken cover, we ex­pect it to closely fol­low the con­cept’s 4 Se­ries Gran Coupe lines, per­haps with a mod­ern take on BMW’s trade­mark kid­ney grille. A source in­side BMW in­di­cates three pow­er­trains in a good-bet­ter-best ap­proach, pos­si­bly la­beled Stan­dard, Sport, and Su­per­sport. We ex­pect the Stan­dard pow­er­train to em­ploy a 134-hp motor for the front wheels and a 214-hp motor for the rear, while the Su­per­sport will fea­ture one motor for each of the rear wheels. Range is ru­mored to be well in ex­cess of 300 miles, but that re­mains to be seen. If the fu­ture does turn out to be elec­tric, this 3 Se­ries-sized EV could be­come BMW’s vol­ume seller.

Although it won’t be a vol­ume car, BMW has big plans for the re­turn of the 8 Se­ries, with the first ver­sion set to

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