It appears like BMW’s high-performance M division might be embracing electrification within the subsequent handful of years. After unveiling its Imaginative and prescient M Subsequent idea on Tuesday, BMW engineering boss Klaus Fröhlich spoke to Roadshow abut the corporate’s plans to convey a plug-in hybrid to market, and ultimately a completely electrical automotive to the BMW M secure.
“An influence PHEV (plug-in hybrid electrical car) is subsequent for M,” mentioned BMW’s head of engineering Klaus Fröhlich. “Past 2025, there might be additionally presumably M BEVs (battery electrical automobiles).” Hardly stunning, given a earlier report had M CEO Frank Van Meel saying all M vehicles could be electrified by 2030.
The BMW engineering head additionally mentioned that the upcoming M plug-in hybrid would produce round 600 horsepower whereas weighing someplace between three,500 and three,800 kilos—which occurs to be the identical quantity of energy as the present M5 produces, however with roughly 600 to 900 kilos much less weight.
In the meantime, a full M EV could be considerably heavier, with BMW’s growth automotive internally codenamed “Lucy” reportedly making a wholesome 720 hp whereas weighing a hefty 5,300 kilos because of all the batteries required on-board. Not superb, particularly if the corporate desires future efficiency choices to be good at cornering.
“Weight is essential,” remarked Fröhlich. “M isn’t about longitudinal acceleration solely.”
Serving as a preview to a religious successor to the mid-engined M1, BMW’s freshly revealed Imaginative and prescient M Subsequent idea is a 600-horsepower plug-in hybrid able to getting from zero to 62 miles per hour in three seconds and coincidentally has an electric-only vary of 62 miles. The model’s gung-ho angle in the direction of taking part in with volt energy contrasts that of Porsche’s GT division, whose head honcho not too long ago instructed the press that his engineers will not be touching hybrid or electrical tech anytime quickly.
Along with electrified fashions, BMW M additionally says it is concerned with producing its personal bespoke, standalone vehicles similar to Mercedes-AMG.