BMW M and BMW i Already Working Together on Future Cars

BMW i, BMW M | March 6th, 2019 by 15
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It has been said a number of times and the craziest of us out there have even claimed it to be a certainty but for most people, electrifying the BMW M division and products still feels like a distant plan. Not anymore, if we’re to believe the head of the BMW i division, Robert Irlinger. We knew this moment would come at a certain point but no matter how hard we prepared for it, it still seems like it’s too soon.

Speaking to Auto Express on the sidelines of the Geneva Motor Show, Irlinger said that BMW i and BMW M are already working together to find a way to electrify upcoming M cars. Whether that refers to the upcoming M3 and M4 models remains to be seen but the plans are already in motion. “You will see electrified vehicles in M division as well,” Irlinger said, talking about the projects the BMW i division is involved in.

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Just the other day Rolls-Royce officials were talking about going fully electric with help from BMW and its specialized division in the field, MINI will launch an EV by the end of the year and the X3 is now also available in PHEV guise. Things are changing and the BMW i Division will play a big role in the further development of the Bavarian brand. As for the BMW M cars, it’s pretty obvious that electrification can provide great advantages in terms of performance.

“There are some real advantages from incorporating electric power into performance vehicles. You have immediate torque delivery which can give you acceleration while a combustion engine is still thinking about it. These advantages we will spread to the whole brands, in a specific way,” said Irlinger. That’s true but at the same time, engineers need to watch out for the weight factor, which might ruin the cars to some extent. Needless to say though, we’re rather curious to see how everything develops.

15 responses to “BMW M and BMW i Already Working Together on Future Cars”

  1. John says:

    Considering BMW is doing well in Formula E I don’t see how this is crazy at all – if anything it should have already been here in the M8. If BMW doesn’t do this they will be left behind Mercedes, Audi, Tesla, Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and more that all have electrified (either fully or partially) performance cars in the works.

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      Left behind? Like the i8 selling for a fraction of the Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren hybrids? For years now? Like the i8 Roadster looking better than the non-existent, imaginary, announced Mercedes, Audi, Tesla, Lamborghini & more electrified performance cars in the works?

      • John says:

        The i8 is not an M built car. I was supporting BMW’s decision to make cars in the M range electrified.

        • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

          Branding. i8 is built in Leipzig, same factory as M2 Competition. I wish BMW had introduced i8 as new, electric 21st century M1 (Mi?), which it effectively is. Then maybe people wouldn’t lament “not a supercar” while pining for a V10 or V12 “supercar”, despite BMW NEVER having produced such a model. As always, they go their own way while the rest try to catch up.

          • John says:

            Performance. The fact a cheap electric Tesla can destroy the i8 is a problem. Electrified M models will hopefully change that.

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            Since when did 0-60 become “Performance”? By your definition, BMW shouldn’t exist because the 2002 tii couldn’t compete with American Pony car V8 muscle car “performance”. What is the Tesla’s Nurburgring lap time? Do Tesla know what the Nurburgring is? What is Tesla 0-60 “Performance” in urban rush hour gridlock? Ludicrous. i8 0-60≤4 secs. Tesla make 2 sedans & an SUV, nothing to do with i8.

          • John says:

            Acceleration time is very important for race cars on tracks that have a lot of corners like Nurburgring.

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            And since none of Tesla, i8, or M are “race cars on tracks”, totally irrelevant & unrelated.

          • John says:

            Your last comment mentioned Tesla or i8 doing laps on Nurburgring. Acceleration time is important on that type of track for any type of car.

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            You claim BMW do well in Formula E, are being left behind by imaginary competition & that Tesla “destroy” the 0-60≤4 secs. i8 (which they don’t actually compete with). Truly incoherent. My point about Tesla lap times is there aren’t any. Ludicrous. Or otherwise.

          • John says:

            Why are you against BMW making electrified M cars? Clearly you have had a problem from the start when I made a comment supporting this announcement. Why does it worry you?

          • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

            I said no such thing, I took issue with your op that BMW have fallen behind, to imaginary and/or non-competing vehicles. We already know BMW are going electric, BMW Group in December sold the most electric vehicles in Europe, of course i & M will work together, Bavarian MOTOR Works, regardless of what kind of motor.

        • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

          And by the time they do, they may not meet the classic definition of M either. M cars were not even turbocharged @ 1 time & certainly not X!

  2. lichtstärke says:

    I hope they call it BMW Mi2, Mi3, Mi4, Mi5, and… Mi6.

    • mod9 says:

      Seeing that electrical cars are the future, I don’t see the need for the “i” in the M cars of tomorrow.

      Unless, of course, there’ll be petrol M cars after the upcoming M3 or M4.

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