Ludwig Willisch, Head of BMW M Division, spoke with Car and Driver about the future of BMW M models. Back in March, Ludwig gave another preview of what to expect from his division in the upcoming years, but today, we have some new information to relate.
As we expected or heard before, the future BMW M models will stop playing the “engine large displacement” game and focus on smaller, more efficient engines. But if you’re worried about the performance, Mr. Willisch reassures one more time the BMW fans that the decrease in displacement will be compensated by the turbocharging technology and the use of lighter materials which will decrease the overall car’s weight.
The next generation BMW M5 and M6 which are still 2-3 years down the line will have a similar engine concept as the X5M/X6M vehicles, but don’t expect them to inherit the exact engine. M Division is considering a smaller displacement twin-turbo V8 or even a V6 engine. This goes hand in hand with what we learned at NYC Auto Show, the BMW has not completely ruled the possibility of a powerful V6 and they are confident they can overcome any shortcomings that a V6 engine might have.
In 2014, BMW is expected to release an M like version of the 1 Series and we spoke about this many times before. The car will not be branded as an M vehicle, but rather getting the Supersports name. The vehicle will be powered by a new twin-turbo inline-four engine and even though not confirmed by Her Willisch, we learned that it will output 240 horsepower.
As far as the most popular M car of all the time, the M3, he mentions that the next model arriving in 2015 will be the best M3 and faster than today’s car. He spoke again of an inline-six and V6 being considered for the job.