In an interesting interview with Car and Driver, BMW M CEO, Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, sheds some more light on future M products. The M boss who took the reign of the super sporty division in 2011 has big plans for the brand and the addition of the M Performance Automobiles is just a clear example.
In a recent interview with BMWBLOG (full article coming up), Dr. Nitschke explained the main difference between the newly launched line and other M products.
For Car and Driver, the M boss goes into more details about the future of M and makes some interesting comments around a potential M7 and the car every BMW fan is expecting: M Supercar.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
You have launched the M Performance line with diesels in Europe. [Only M Performance power packs have been confirmed for the U.S.] Will there also be gasoline-powered models, like the M135i concept?
Absolutely. And the real car will be virtually identical to the concept. It will be powered by the N55 engine, and you will be able to buy it with a manual or automatic transmission. We will also offer optional all-wheel drive. But there won’t be such a hatchback model in the U.S.
Will you have an M Performance 7-series to compete with the Audi S8 and the Mercedes S-class AMG?
We are considering it.
What about diesel-powered M Performance cars in the U.S.?
We have the technology to meet the U.S. emissions standards, and if the market demands, then the M550d would be an option for the U.S. But at the moment, according to our market research, the numbers wouldn’t be sufficient.