BMW i4, 8 Series, Z4, i8 Roadster
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