Interview with Frank van Meel – BMW M CEO

Interesting | January 8th, 2016 by 11
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M-Power.com sat down for a quick chat with Frank Van Meel, BMW M CEO. Van Meel is currently heading to Detroit to unveil one of …

M-Power.com sat down for a quick chat with Frank Van Meel, BMW M CEO. Van Meel is currently heading to Detroit to unveil one of the most awaited cars of the year – the M2 – and we expect to have some first impressions from there next week.

Mr. van Meel, 2015 was a highly successful year for BMW M GmbH.

Van Meel: Yes, it certainly was. In fact it was the company’s most successful year in its 40-year history. Never before have so many M and M Performance automobiles been sold in one year.

We have quite a lot planned for 2016, too – and we have just the right highlights, such as the M4 GTS –with unrestricted road approval but clearly developed for use on the race track.

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The Nürburgring Nordschleife is one of the toughest race tracks in the world. Your suspension developer Jörg Weidinger managed an absolutely remarkable time of 7 minutes 28 seconds there in the BMW M4 GTS. And there is now a video showing this lap from the on-board perspective.

Yes, this further underscores the superb development work done by the M engineers. Our concept of setting the benchmark in terms of creating an overall package of performance, agility and precision has proven very successful in the BMW M4 GTS, too.

There are press reports saying that the BMW M4 GTS is already sold out?

It’s true that demand has been overwhelming. We’re seeing a very positive response throughout all regions and markets – and that’s very pleasing, of course.

What else can we look forward to in 2016?

The BMW M4 GTS is our special model with a powerful focus on race track use. We have also been thinking about how we can further hone the character of our high-performance sports cars with unlimited everyday practicality, in other words the BMW M3 and BMW M4, and increase driving dynamics of these models even more. So we will be offering a Competition Package for each of the three body variants as of spring 2016. In addition to extensive measures to further enhance driving dynamics and agility, this package also comprises various exclusive equipment details as well as an increase in engine output. We shall be publishing details of this shortly.

Mr. van Meel, thank you very much for the interview.

11 responses to “Interview with Frank van Meel – BMW M CEO”

  1. Icebreakerr says:

    MAKE AN M SUPERCAR THAT WILL DESTORY THE UGLY R8

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      It’s really a shame Audi destroyed the look of one of the most beautiful cars we’ve seen. Especially after giving great hope with the awesome RS3 :/

  2. Kaisuke971 says:

    BMW M seems to be the only thing that works right now. Well this, and BMW i…

    • Senne says:

      It’s not like BMW isn’t doing well, no? They have once again increased their sales. Yes, they make some terrible cars if that means they’re not “real” BMW’s. BUT because they (2 Series Active Tourer/ Gran Tourer) are a succes, they make the real BMW’s possible. We don’t have to buy them. They’re not even as awful as we say. They’re actually pretty good. It’s not like BMW doesn’t make real BMW’s anymore, I think of the new 340i, all M’s, all M Performance models, the new 7 Series (what a car!) and so on. They haven’t lost the magic.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        To be fair, they sell more models now (with the new X1, and the 2 series. Plus the i brand, and the hybrids), so it would be a little bit weird to see sales decline.
        I still agree with you though, besides the fact the “2 Series” name is associated to two opposites(thats f***ed up), and that the 7 lacks its 60i powertrain to really be 100% legit imo. But damn the new B58 is a beast of an engine… Can’t wait to see how the M140i compares to “competitors” !

  3. Rob K says:

    That dude needs to clean up around the ears and manage those mutton chops. Just sayin’…

  4. […] Interview with Frank van Meel &#8211. BMW M CEO The BMW M4 GTS is our special model with a powerful focus on race track use. We've also been thinking about how we can further hone the character of our high-performance sports cars with unlimited everyday practicality, in other words the BMW M3 and … Read more on BMWBLOG (blog) […]

  5. Stephen Garrett says:

    Can’t wait for more on the Comp Pkg.

  6. Jericho says:

    Super Wired …

  7. […] Frank van Meel first became CEO of BMW’s famous M Division, there were a lot of questions about whether or […]

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