We’ve known for some time now that the Audi e-tron GT is essentially going to be a less powerful version of the Porsche Taycan Turbo and will potentially even be less powerful than the Taycan 4S. The reason for that is to keep the VW Group heirarchy firmly intact, despite the cars basically being the same under the skin. Because of that, the e-tron GT will compete with much cheaper, less powerful cars than the Taycan. One such car will be the upcoming BMW i4.
Much like Audi and its A3, BMW was also denied a worldwide debut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, due to the show’s cancellation over the Coronavirus. The car that Audi’s Bavarian neighbor wanted to show off was the BMW i4 Concept, a car that will show off BMW’s plans for an electrified future.
When the BMW i4 Concept becomes a production car, it will be a sleek, four-door sedan with an all-electric powertrain, dual motors, all-wheel drive and impressive performance. Ring a bell? It should as that’s exactly the same formula as the e-tron GT. While the i4 might be a bit smaller than the e-tron GT, as the former is based off a 4 Series Gran Coupe and the latter is more A7-sized, the two cars will share similar specs.
According to BMW, the i4 will pack 530 hp from its dual electric motors, over 300 miles of range and a 0-60 mph time of four seconds flat. We can expect similar numbers from the Audi e-tron GT, with the exception of maybe the range. Considering the Porsche Taycan can’t get anywhere close to 300 miles of range, we’re doubt the Audi version will be able to either.
Still, that puts the BMW i4 squarely in line with the Audi e-tron GT when it finally makes its debut. At the moment, only the BMW i4 Concept has been revealed, with a production car still about a year out. That leaves it about a year behind the e-tron GT, which will make its production-car debut at the end of this year.
We can’t wait to see what the e-tron GT has in store for us and it will be just as interesting to see the BMW i4. The more fast and exciting electric sport sedans on the market the better. So bring it on.