Fully-electric serve in Munich: 100-year-old home plant produces the Winner’s Car for the BMW Open by American Express, the BMW i4 M50.

With one day to go before the start of the BMW Open by American Express (23rd April to 1st May 2022, MTTC Iphitos, Munich), Bernhard Kuhnt, BMW Group Head of Region Europe, and Tournament Director Patrik Kühnen took to Center Court to unveil the Winner’s Car: the fully-electric BMW i4 M50 (combined power consumption: 22.5 – 18.0 kWh/100 km, acc. WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km). BMW has been title partner of the iconic ATP Tour clay tournament in Munich since 1987. From Saturday, 28 top players will play for 250 valuable world ranking points, a total prize purse of € 534,555, and a very special Winner’s Car.

“This year – the 100th anniversary of the home plant – the BMW Group is pleased to be able to present the winner of the BMW Open by American Express with a Munich original: the innovative BMW i4 M50, which is produced here in this city,” said Kuhnt. “The Gran Coupé proves emphatically how well fully-electric mobility and sporty, dynamic driving go together – and with it allow a completely new and zero-emission dimension of driving pleasure.”

The BMW i4 combines characteristic sportiness with elegant design and sees electromobility reach the traditional core of the BMW brand. The four-door Gran Coupé is the first fully-electric BMW that is consistently aimed at driving dynamics. Power from efficient drive technology and intelligent lightweight design make for a combination of thrilling, dynamic driving and high ranges.

Peter Weber, Head of BMW Group Plant Munich, added: “The BMW i4 shows what our production system is capable of, a plant with a strong history that is pioneering for the future. The production of this car plays an important role in paving the way for the ’Neue Klasse’, the fully-electric vehicle architecture of the future.”

The transformation to electromobility is making the BMW Group’s entire production network future-proof – from the hundred-year-old home plant in Munich to the new plant in Drebecen, Hungary, at which cars will be produced from 2025. BMW iFACTORY is setting new benchmarks and defining an extremely flexible, efficient, sustainable and digital automobile production of the future: LEAN. GREEN. DIGITAL.

Like the Winner’s Car, the BMW’s fleet of shuttles for this year’s tournament will also be completely free of CO2 emissions. It consists entirely of fully-electric BMW iX and BMW iX3 cars.

Alexander Zverev, world number three and 2021 Olympic champion, will face a strong field at the BMW Open by American Express, including world number seven Caspar Ruud (NOR), defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO), last year’s finalist Jan-Lennard Struff, and three-time champion Philipp Kohlschreiber (both GER).

Tennis fans in Germany have many opportunities to watch the BMW Open on TV or via livestream. Bayerisches Fernshen (BR) will broadcast one quarter-final, a semi-final and the final live. All the matches on Center Court (Monday to Sunday) can be seen live on Sky (pay TV) and are also shown on ran.de. BR24.de is also streaming one match per day from Monday to Saturday, in addition to the offering on BR.

The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power consumption and range are measured using the methods required according to Regulation (EC) 2007/715 as amended. These figures refer to vehicles on the automotive market in Germany. For span widths, the specifications take into account the effects of any optional equipment.

All values were calculated based on the new WLTP test cycle. WLTP values are taken as the basis for determining vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2 emissions as well as eligibility for any applicable vehicle-specific subsidies. Further information on the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures can also be found at www.bmw.de/wltp.

More information about the official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be obtained from the “Guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new passenger cars”, available free of charge from all outlets, from Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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