Apparently BMW has conceded to the electric car revolution – with even its M Performance division acknowledging the future apparition of all-electric versions for their iconic M3, M4 and M5 models.
According to the latest report on the matter, Frank Van Meel, BMW M Performance’s chief thinks a pure electric hardcore BMW M is something “unavoidable” – though the stage will be prepared with the apparition of hybrids first. “It will happen, but the question is when is that going to happen. Currently we still have a power to weight issue with electrification which makes that difficult to fit into a motorsports philosophy,” commented Meel on the sidelines of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
Filling the gap between today’s high-powered internal combustion M division range and the future involving electricity will be hybrid powertrains. And instead of aiming to reduce fuel consumption, the electric aids will be there to enhance performance even further. “We already see the stop/start feature coming to M vehicles and the next step is electrification. At the end it will also be pure electric, but it’s going to take some time,” Meel added. “Of course we are in close contact with the Project i group looking into next generation of cell technologies, electric motors, weight and cooling systems to figure when is the right time to make the next step.” The executive meanwhile discarded the idea of a BMW i8 featuring the M badge – claiming the projects are distinct.
Via Auto Express