Whoever still says electric cars are going to be boring really need to try driving one. Electric cars can be very fun, as demonstrated by various models out-gunning and out-dragging many powerful cars.
Be that as it may, we didn't really expect that an electric BMW 5-Series can out-sprint one of the greatest names in performance saloons: the M5.
BMW has just announced that they had been working on an all-electric version of the 5-Series. Called Project BEV, the car is based on the 5-Series and runs on pure electricity; BEV, presumably, stands for Battery Electric Vehicle.
The 5-Series has been outfitted with three of the latest generation power units from BMW. Two of the electric drive units are allocated for the rear drive system, allowing their engineers to control the drive of each wheel independently.
It's electric torque vectoring, and BMW says it translates to more effective “forward propulsion” under extreme maneuvers and is supposedly much better than an LSD. The other power unit is mounted to the front axle, turning the Project BEV into an all-wheel drive 5-Series.
The results of their efforts are outstanding: this has over 720 horsepower. To put that in perspective, the current model M5 has 600 horsepower from its 4.4-liter twin turbo V8.
As for quickness, BMW says the Project BEV can comfortably accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under 3 seconds. By comparison, the current M5 can do the same sprint in 3.4 seconds.
BMW also stated that Project BEV isn't just quick in a straight line, but has the handling that is proper for their brand of drive. The addition of electric technology and the bulky batteries also didn't have an effect on interior space according to the company.
BMW, however, didn't state any other figures like quarter mile times, top speed, or electric range, but they did say the electric torque vectoring technology they used in Project BEV will be found in future models. The next BMW iX3 will also have the same electric drive system, but will have just one of the motors and not three.