Those fearing the loss of driving pleasure will find that the BMW VISION M NEXT to put all their worries to rest. It will be an “M” car after all.
If electric cars face a number of hurdles, the major one being range, autonomous cars face many more. Safety is a clear front-runner but those, like you and I, who revel at the thought of simply going out for a driver, severely fear that autonomous cars will suck the life out of driving. The BMW Vision M NEXT will introduce BMW’s future experience concepts of “EASE” and “BOOST”.
EASE represents the feeling the occupants will bask in when the vehicle takes overs driving duties. The cabin will transform into a comfortable space with the latest in infotainment technology. BOOST is self-explanatory. Here, the driver takes control of the Vision M NEXT and will get to indulge in pure driving pleasure.
The car will feature BMW’s Power PHEV drive system. As such, a turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine and electric motors on each axle for 100% electric AWD propulsion. The system car can alternatively send power only to the rear wheels, power provided by either the petrol engine or onboard batteries.
The system’s total output is of 441 kW or 600-horsepower which is enough to send the BMW Vision M NEXT to a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) after hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3 seconds. Total full-EV range is 100 km (62 miles). This will be ideal for both urban travel where only zero-emission technologies will be allowed and cutting across the countryside to get away from said urban centers.
Physically, the BMW Vision M NEXT is an incredibly modern take on the BMW sports with various cues from the BMW i8, M1 and the Nazca M12 concept. The car’s two-tone, horizontal segmentation can confuse the eye but the impact of the matte-neon Thrilling Orange and silk-matte Cast Silver metallic paintwork is striking, and very cool.