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BMW i4 M50 review: The i of the storm

The BMW i4 M50 is lightning quick, but do sparks fly when you drive it?

ITS name might look like something floating in a bowl of alphabet soup, but the i4 M50 is a milestone car for BMW, seeing as it's the first pure electric vehicle by M. Not the redoubtable boss of James Bond, that is, but the Munich-based carmaker's high performance division.

To be clear, the i4 M50 isn't a full BMW M model, but a lower-tier "M Performance" machine - though you expect some fireworks nonetheless. To deliver them it has two electric motors, one for each axle, housed within the sleek yet practical shape of the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

It might not look particularly futuristic, but in some ways the i4 M50 does make other cars seem like yesterday's Tweets. You can unlock it with your smartphone,...

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