BMW has announced that their M performance and i electrification divisions are collaborating with the aim of making all future M models electric.
BMW i boss Robert Irlinger revealed as much at the Geneva Motor Show, having spoken to Auto Express. Irlinger told the publication that the company is in talks with all of their other brands and sub-brands, including Rolls-Royce, Mini, and the M division.
“You will see electrified vehicles in M division as well,” he said. “We are in talks with all of the other BMW Group brands and sub-brands - Rolls-Royce, MINI and yes, M division - and you will see electrification coming across onto their products. It will be at differing levels, of course, but it will happen. We are working with them, right now."
The BMW chief also promised better acceleration helped by the immediate delivery of torque as he attempted to explain the pros of adding electric capability to performance vehicles.
“There are some real advantages from incorporating electric power into performance vehicles," he added." 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.”
Irlinger stopped short of revealing the BMW M model set to adopt the hybrid powertrain first but it is believed that it could be the next-gen M3 and M4 duo. The cars will likely retain the twin-turbo, 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine from previous models and the incorporation of a small electric motor should see to it that they deliver close to 500 horsepower.
Other BMW M models will be sure to follow with the electrification process but it appears that this could be a few years in the making.
Up to this point, the M models had stayed away from technology designed for fuel efficiency but BMW has already introduced electrification to their other ranges.