BMW M Will Be Electrified.
The Geneva Motor Show is always a great venue to catch a glimpse of what BMW has planned for the future. This year was no different, with the brand showing off the next BMW M offering – the BMW M8 Gran Coupe. The caveat is that this is a concept car, but unlike most brands, BMW usually stays true to the design. We predict the production M8 will look nearly identical to the concept on display in Geneva.
It also might be one of the last few BMW M models to be produced without a hybrid powertrain. Most official documentation suggests the BMW M8 Gran Coupe will arrive with the same powertrain in the BMW M5, which means it will be a 4.4-liter V8 producing 600HP and will also benefit from the M xDrive all-wheel drive system. But this may be the swan song of V8 engines, as BMW spokesperson Bernhard Santer says the future of the BMW M brand will be electrified.
“We do plan to electrify the M lineup, but the vehicles must maintain their ability to go on the racetrack,” he said. “Weight plays a big role there, so we need to balance those decisions with battery technology”, says Santer.
That’s the same party line we have heard from other executives at BMW in the past, as they, too, are aware that new, more aggressive regulation will make these fuel-burners rare or even extinct. So, BMW is ready to roll with the times and ensure that though the new generation of BMW M models will address these alternative power sources, but still retain all the performance one expects from the subdivision.
“If this exercise proves to be a success, future fully-electric BMW M cars will most likely deliver exactly what we expect them to and that’s all we can hope for right now as the days of the ICE definitely seem numbered”, says BMWBlog.