If you are a car enthusiast, you should stop reading right about… now, because BMW’s M Division boss, Frank Van Meel, has admitted all-electric versions of M cars such as the M3, M4 and M5 are coming!
First they dropped the sonorous V8, now future M cars will be as quiet as a church at funeral time!
Speaking to Auto Express at the Detroit Motor Show, Meel said pure electric BMW M cars are ‘unavoidable’.
“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,” he told the publication.
Despite the bomb shell, don’t go running to the dealership to snap up the last internal combustion engine M car just yet, as hybrid powertrains will first be introduced to bridge the gap between the M Division’s current range of vehicles and a fully electric model. Also, the M hybrids will prioritise performance rather than efficiency.
“… we are in close contract 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,” Meel added.
He has however ruled out an i8M as the two sub-brands focus on different direction – i is about uncompromised efficiency while M is about uncompromised motorsport.
Note: BMW M4 DTM Championship Edition shown