BMW, it appears, is wrong. It describes its upcoming i4 four-door coupe as “a perfect BMW.” Which, as anyone with sentience and eyes will attest, is incorrect. The E46 M3 CSL is a perfect BMW.
However, we must grudgingly concede that times have moved on. So far, in fact, that this is a fully-electric, 3-Series-sized four-door coupe, packing an entirely acceptable 526hp from a battery and motor setup that promises “a whole new take on dynamic excellence.”
Big words. Big battery, too. It’s an 80kWh job that weighs some 550kg and is able to charge up to 80% of its capacity in around 35 minutes on a 150kW charger.
Still, 526hp is basically the same as one of BMW’s V8 units, and that’s fine by us. This fifth-gen battery tech will appear first in the iX3, then the iNext, then in the i4, in 2021.
So, ‘perfect’ is still a little way off, though not that far: We’ll see it in full when it is revealed onto the Internet (and at the Geneva International Motor Show) next week. Teasing the side profile is fine, but does that mean a Big Grille Surprise awaits?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.