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BMW M3’s Electric Future : A Quad-Motor Powerhouse on the Horizon

BMW confirms the electrification of its iconic M3 sports sedan, with a quad-motor EV model set to redefine BMW performance standards by 2027.

 

  • The electric BMW M3, built on the Neue Klasse platform, is slated for a 2027 release.

  • The EV platform could potentially deliver up to 1,340 horsepower or roughly one megawatt.

  • Gas-powered M3 models will continue in production alongside the electric version.


 

BMW is making a bold move by evolving its renowned M3 sports sedan into a high-performance electric model. In a recent interview in Portugal, Frank Weber, BMW’s product development chief, validated the circulating rumors about the electric transformation of the M3.

2021 BMW M3 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Speaking to automotive journalists during the global launch of the BMW i5, Weber disclosed that the debut of the electric M3 is projected for 2027. The anticipated vehicle will utilize BMW’s innovative Neue Klasse platform, a nod to the brand’s heritage of compact, dynamic cars from the 1960s that significantly influenced its identity.

2021 BMW M3 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

BMW had earlier shared insights into its “Vision Neue Klasse,” setting the stage for a future that emphasizes advanced technology and efficiency. The architecture of this platform, Weber confirmed, is crafted to accommodate four individual electric motors, collectively capable of generating up to one megawatt. To put this into perspective, one megawatt equates to an impressive 1,340 horsepower. Frank Van Meel, CEO of BMW M, during his Australian tour, had also highlighted the potential of such a high-powered sports sedan.

2021 BMW M3 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Weber emphasized the flexibility and adaptability of the new EV platform, hinting at the possibility of tailoring drive settings to lean towards a more rear-wheel drive bias, leveraging the unique controls of electric machines.

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While the brand has previously showcased its prowess with the i7 M70 xDrive electric sedan, which boasts up to 660 hp, and teased the dual electric 536 hp drive system of the quad-motor i4 M50 model, the electric M3 is set to eclipse these milestones. Weber articulated the ambition behind this endeavor, stating that the electric M3 aims to exceed current expectations and will be introduced shortly after the Neue Klasse product line, which is due in 2025.

2021 BMW M3 | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The forthcoming Neue Klasse platform promises enhancements like a 30% increase in range, 20% quicker charging, and a 25% boost in overall vehicle efficiency. Despite the excitement around the electric M3, BMW has expressed its intention to continue producing the conventional gasoline-powered variant for the foreseeable future.

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