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News BMW’s M Division Has Lots Of Plans

BMW’s M Division Has Lots Of Plans

As BMW “M” cars and “M Performance” become more prevalent and popular, the future is looking good for M enthusiasts everywhere.

If you’ve noticed numerous real “M” badges, as opposed to our favorite “M X5” badged vehicles on the road, that’s because BMW is exploiting the full potential of the brand’s performance division.

In conference recently help with Australian automotive media, BMW’s M Division boss Markus Flasch shared numerous details about “M” cars and SUVs, as reported by Whichcar.com.

The highlights are numerous. The first is that the BMW M2 will somehow live on. The principal reason for this is that a RWD, straight-6 powered M car is a tradition that must live on. The question arose because of the coming next-generation 2 Series which will be built on a FWD/AWD platform.

As well, the CSL moniker, synonymous with lightweight, hardest-core BMW will make a comeback. Let’s hope BMW gets it right, unlike what the BMW M4 GTS turned out to be…

Somewhere between good and bad news is the fact that the next M3 will feature AWD for the very first time. Flasch did state that they will still be able to produce a RWD manual gearbox variant should the market want one.

Interestingly, but not unexpectedly, hybrid M cars are on the way. These cars will be fitted with either a 48-volt mild hybrid or plug-hybrid setup. A fully electric M car is also a possibility. As Flasch said: “Everything that brings performance is relevant for M. As soon as one of those technologies qualifies for proper M specifications, we will make them available. It’s not too far in the distance.”

Finally, the upcoming BMW M8 will be BMW’s supercar. While there was hope or even expectations that BMW was going to reincarnate the M1 or take the regretted i8 and make a real performance car out of it, none of this will happen. Apparently, it’ll kill a Porsche 911 Turbo if given the chance. We look forward to witnessing this.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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