According to the latest report flying around the rumor mill the revered BMW M division has decided hybrid powertrains are the future and thus will act accordingly in the near future.
Dirk Hacker, BMW M’s vice-president for engineering, allegedly confirmed the upcoming high-performance vehicles from the brand will switch to hybrid powertrains – the technology is envisioned both as a means of dropping the CO2 levels and also as the next level in terms of increasing performance and making the M models more responsive. “We will look at electrification – I think it could be inevitable – but it depends on the possibility of increasing performance,” Hacker discussed during an interview with Auto Express earlier this year. “We’ve found that our customers are not interested in driving without the combustion engine,” he further commented, meaning the BMW owners that seek the M badge don’t believe electrification is the way to go. “They want to know if these changes will help with performance.”
This means we’re looking at the M3, M4 and M5 having plug-in hybrid or regular hybrid powertrains, but Hacker also hinted the M unit was not rushing the adoption of the eco-friendly powertrains, saying they would adopt battery tech when the technology has matured enough to have no adverse effect on the car’s driving, performance and handling characteristics. “The weight of the cars is very important,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s the best idea to get more and more power into these models. Our philosophy is to get the right balance between power and performance.”