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BMW hints at electrified M cars

The next generation of BMW M vehicles could see the introduction of performance-focused hybrid or full-electric technology, a representative of the company has hinted this week.

Speaking with Australian media at the local launch of the new 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (PHEV), Alexander Kotouc, head of product management for BMW GmbH, hinted that the worlds of both the performance-oriented ‘M‘ and future-focused ‘i‘ brands could one day merge.

If you look at the plug-in hybrids, most of the cars we sell have the M Sport package,” he said, “people are willing to go into a car that is part-electric, but still want the looks and feel of an M Sports package.”

If we built something like a high-performance car or a supersports electric car, why shouldn’t it be something like an ‘iM’ car?”

BMW has already delved into the electrified performance domain with the plug-in hybrid i8 sports car (above), which teams a 170kW/320Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with a 96kW/250Nm electric motor to deliver combined outputs of 266kW and 570Nm.

With that futuristic grunt, the i8 is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds, while using just 2.1L/100km claimed on the combined cycle.

Additionally, the company’s iPerformance models are more than capable of hot-hatch-beating straight-line acceleration, so the thought of a hybrid M car doesn’t seem like such a far-fetched idea.

Kotouc added that, regardless of the powertrain, the company’s upcoming vehicles will always stay true to its ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ heritage.

I promise you one thing, BMW will bring [EVs] that have equal kind of acceleration that makes it a BMW, and you can take it through corners on a racetrack and it will behave like a BMW,” he said.

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