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BMW hints at electrified M cars

By Deeq on 14 Jun 2017 in New model, Hybrid/electric cars

Attached Image The next generation of BMW M vehicles could see the introduction of performance-focused hybrid or full-electric technology, a representative of the company has hinted this week.

Speaking with Australian media at the local launch of the new 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (PHEV), Alexander Kotouc, head of product management for BMW GmbH, hinted that the worlds of both the performance-oriented ‘M‘ and future-focused ‘i‘ brands could one day merge.

“If you look at the plug-in hybrids, most of the cars we sell have the M Sport package,” he said, “people are willing to go into a car that is part-electric, but still want the looks and feel of an M Sports package.”

“If we built something like a high-performance car or a supersports electric car, why shouldn’t it be something like an ‘iM’ car?”

BMW has already delved into the electrified performance domain with the plug-in hybrid i8 sports car (above), which teams a 170kW/320Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a 96kW/250Nm electric motor to deliver combined outputs of 266kW and 570Nm.

With that futuristic grunt, the i8 is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds, while using just 2.1L/100km claimed on the combined cycle.

Additionally, the company’s iPerformance models are more than capable of hot-hatch-beating straight-line acceleration, so the thought of a hybrid M car doesn’t seem like such a far-fetched idea.

Kotouc added that, regardless of the powertrain, the company’s upcoming vehicles will always stay true to its ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ heritage.

“I promise you one thing, BMW will bring [EVs] that have equal kind of acceleration that makes it a BMW, and you can take it through corners on a racetrack and it will behave like a BMW,” he said.

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With intense love for cars and bikes since little, and passion for photography, Siddiq tries hard to bring cars to life on the screen, proving his worth as well as his passion for the job.



 
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