Tesla assumed the title of the world’s most valuable automaker last June, an honor previously bestowed to Toyota. EVs like the 523-horsepower BMW i4 are now the main focus. Given that the M3 produces a maximum of 503 hp with the Competition package, there’s really no need for a four-door coupe version. The i4 already fills that role and does so with zero emissions.
For now, all BMW battery electrics ride on a modified version of the CLAR platform, which also underpins a vast range of models, including the 3, 5, and 7 Series, and X3, X5, X6, and X7 SUVs. BMW’s first dedicated EV architecture is not due until 2025.