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THE SOUND OF THE FUTURE.THE SOUND OF THE FUTURE.

THE SOUND OF THE FUTURE.

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BMW M IconicSounds Electric for the new BMW i4 M50.

Hans Zimmer composed characteristic drive sounds for the electric BMW M models.

2 June 2021

The mobility of the future will be electrifying. With BMW M IconicSounds Electric and the i4 in the M version, characteristic engine sound and sustainable performance, M GmbH is heading into the age of electromobility. The person responsible for the emotional sound of the purely electric-powered i4 is world-famous composer and Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer. An initial impression of the electrifying sound of the M automobiles with electric power to come can be seen in the video “The Driving Sound of the first-ever electrified BMW M”.

THE DRIVING SOUND OF THE FIRST-EVER ELECTRIFIED BMW M.THE DRIVING SOUND OF THE FIRST-EVER ELECTRIFIED BMW M.

THE DRIVING SOUND OF THE FIRST-EVER ELECTRIFIED BMW M.

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NOT SOUNDLESS – IMPRESSIVELY EMOTIONAL.

EMOTIONAL SOUND EXPERIENCE FOR THE SENSES.

For the electric BMW M automobiles we’ve developed an engine sound that especially underlines the emotional driving experience and makes sure that the performance is even more intensely tangible.
Sound designers in conversation
Sound designers in conversation

Hans Zimmer, film composer and Academy Award winner, and Renzo Vitale, Creative Director Sound BMW Group.

POWERFUL AND INTERACTIVE.

Front view BMW i4 M50.Front view BMW i4 M50.
The moment in which a BMW M automobile accelerates is a pure goosebump moment. We’ve translated this feeling into a driving sound that expresses a mixture of superior power and flowing energy.
Renzo Vitale

Creative Director Sound BMW Group.

BMW M IconicSounds Electric.

Hans Zimmer in his studio.Hans Zimmer in his studio.

In the basic setting, BMW M IconicSounds Electric convey the character of an electric BMW M via a strikingly transparent tone colour with powerful components. While in COMFORT mode the M version of the BMW i4 initially creates an immersive atmosphere characterized by effortlessness, stepping on the gas at once demonstrates the immediate connection between sound and vehicle. And with increasing weight and speed, the sound experience intensifies. In particular in SPORT mode, whose sound spectrum is more emotional and powerful, the sound reveals more about the output power. Within milliseconds, engine processes are registered and acceleration, load change or recuperation are reflected acoustically. Only when driving in ECO PRO mode is audible feedback absent, the soundless drive underlining the driver’s decision to use an especially efficient driving mode.

THE i4 M50THE i4 M50

THE i4 M50

The first BMW i4 M50

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