Electric BMW i4 M confirmed, will get Hollywood-produced sounds

CY Foong · May 11, 2021 10:30 AM

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When you describe the sound of an electric car, it’s usually a “whoosh” or a whine. However, BMW might want to add a little bit of “Bwooooong” in the upcoming BMW i4 electric car with the help of award-winning Hollywood music composer Hans Zimmer.

That aside, BMW will also be launching its first electric M car which will be based on the i4.

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Hans Zimmer having a video call with Renzo Vitale, Creative Director Sound at the BMW Group

Zimmer is of course the man behind some prolific Hollywood movies including the Nolan-directed Dark Knight trilogy and Inception. The latter's soundtrack lives rent free in my head.

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Aside from producing three distinct noises for the three driving modes in the i4 – Comfort, Sport, Eco Pro, both the Hollywood composer and the premium German automaker have also produced a sound for the BMW i4 M.

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BMW i4 M Sport shown, which made its debut at 2021 Auto Shanghai

There is no audio sample of what an electric M car will sound like but BMW claims that the sound produced is charged with "extra energy". In their words, the overall system note displays “a less harmonious but engagingly rousing and technical sonic profile”.

This isn’t the first time both BMW and Zimmer collaborated to produce sounds for an electric BMW. The Vision M NEXT from 2019 and last year’s BMW Concept i4 had sounds produced by this partnership.

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Aside from the i4 and the first electric M car, the distinct-looking BMW iX will also feature some Zimmer-produced sounds. Would you rather hear your vehicle produce noise from an award-winning Hollywood composer or from the actual manufacturers themselves?

Also read: What will BMW Malaysia be launching in 2021? 5 Series facelift, X7 CKD, and more!

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CY Foong

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Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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