Over the decades, BMW has had some incredible concept cars. Dating back all the way to the 1972 BMW Turbo Concept, which was the precursor to the original M1, BMW has continuously shocked the world with radical concepts. More recently, concepts like the M1 Hommage, 328 Hommage, Efficient Dynamics and Vision Dynamics have all been quite stunning. Just a few days ago, BMW unveiled yet another concept to the world and one that we think belongs among its best. The BMW Vision M NEXT.
Whereas the iNEXT is BMW’s vision for autonomous and connected driving, the Vision M NEXT is the brand’s vision for the future of performance. It’s no mistake that it looks eerily similar to the original BMW M1. Its wedge shape, louvered rear window and taillight Roundels are all nods to the only true supercar ever to come from BMW. In terms of looks alone, we think the M NEXT belongs with some of BMW’s best. It’s just such a cool looking car, with just the right blend of futuristic styling and old-school cool. It’s like BMW was trying to design an M1 for 2025.
Powering the BMW Vision M NEXT is a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with electric motors to make a rear/all-wheel drive, mid-engine supercar. Using just its mid-mounted engine and electric motor, it can power just the rear wheels. Or, using the combination of that and the the front-mounted electric motor, it can power all four wheels. So it’s either rear or all-wheel drive, depending on what the driver wants, and it makes a bunch of power. Six hundred horses to be exact.
According to BMW, that 600 hp hybrid powertrain is capable of getting the M NEXT from 0-60 mph in about three seconds. Obviously, it’s not a production car. Hell, the concept probably isn’t even a functioning automobile. But it’s impressive to think about a plug-in hybrid performance machine from BMW with looks like an old-school M1.
With its kick-ass looks and supercar performance, we think the BMW Vision M NEXT is among BMW’s best concept work. What do you think, does it belong with the all-time Bavarian greats?