In this new video from Cars.co.za, Ciro di Siena drives the BMW i4 M50 and admits it’s good but wonders if it’s a real driver’s car. It is a question that many enthusiasts have, but which Di Siena can answer better than most. Di Siena recently drove the i4 M50 at a South African hill climb event and took home a few records. So he knows the car well.
We all know the i4 M50 is fast. With 536 horsepower from twin electric motors, BMW’s electric sports sedan is just as fast as its gas-powered M3 and M4. In some situations it can be even faster, thanks to the instant torque and all-wheel drive. However, speed isn’t everything. A good sports car rewards its driving with captivating steering, handling and sound.
Surprisingly, the i4 M50 actually uses its drive in sound. The Hans Zimmer soundtrack is fantastically hilarious and really gives the car some character, despite being fully synthetic. But does di Siena think the i4 M50 is a good driver’s car?
He does, for the most part. A willing dance partner, the BMW i4 M50 is surprisingly capable, considering its weight. Throw it in a corner and it will respond appropriately. The steering is precise, it stays relatively flat through the turns and it has a lot of grip. Plus, all that power to shoot it out of corners. It’s not the most talkative sports sedan in its price range, nor as engaging as something like the M3, but it combines impressive handling with everyday comfort better than the M3. So while it’s not quite there yet, in terms of providing the kind of fun you expect from an M-badged car, it’s getting close and di Siena is optimistic about the future.