Bimmer At present acquired the possibility to ask BMW M boss Frank van Meel a bunch of questions on what the M model is doing and the way M is altering. The most important takeway for the purist set is that the 2023 M2 would be the final M with a non-electrified powertrain. The translated quote is, “We are going to see rising electrification in different automobiles, after all in numerous types, beginning with the 48-volt electrical system and plug-in hybrids to completely electrical drives. From this standpoint, the M2 would be the final M with a pure combustion engine drive and in addition with out electrification scope similar to a 48-volt on-board community, sure.” No electrical motor hidden wherever, no supplemental battery. For whom does the bell toll? For the tribe complaining continuous in regards to the M3 ever for the reason that second-generation M3, and who got here near aneurysm with the discharge of the X5 M.
From right here out, it is a gradual, regular drive “within the course of e-mobility,” which has M targeted on the possibility “to have the ability to provide absolutely electrical high-performance automobiles in some unspecified time in the future.”
Bimmer At present began the dialogue with a leak of the approaching M2. WilcoBlock, the Instagrammer who acts like a magnet for spy images, posted a photograph of the undisguised rear quarters of the brand new M taken throughout a photograph shoot. The Instagram put up has been taken down, however you’ll be able to nonetheless see the picture. It is lots of chonky happening again there.
On the different finish of M, Bimmer At present requested in regards to the XM — the big, heavy, electrified beast of household burden. BT requested why the corporate is celebrating 50 years in enterprise with an SUV counterpart to the M1 — the M1 standing for all the things that SUVs aren’t. Van Meel defined that sports activities vehicles had been the glamorous and worthwhile phase to play within the M1’s period, whereas that phase is crammed with SUVs now. As for its design, which is able to present in manufacturing type later this yr, van Meel mentioned there’s large demand for “a particularly robust, extraordinarily extroverted mannequin at high of M lineup,” and the XM offers simply that.
Head over to Bimmer At present (translated) for the entire interview for van Meel’s clarification of how M plans to keep up its core philosophy within the age of electrification.