It’s called the BMW Vision M NEXT and it was just revealed in Munich hours ago and BMW says it offers a foretaste of the BMW M brand’s electrified future.
The Vision M NEXT represents BMW’s future experience concepts – EASE and BOOST. “EASE” is where the vehicle is transformed into a living space on four wheels while “BOOST” represents the ultimate active driving experience.
Inspired by the iconic BMW Turbo and BMW i8, it adopts a low-slung, wedged-shaped silhouette with gullwing doors.
Its Power PHEV drive system can offer between electric all-wheel drive and pure rear-wheel drive, with either all-electric power or from a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.
Output is rated at 600 hp, allowing the Vision M NEXT to get to 100 km/h from standstill in just three seconds, before hitting its claimed top speed of 300 km/h. Purely electric driving range is rated at 100 km.
The Vision M NEXT also debuts BMW’s latest Laser Wire lighting technology on the headlamps and tail lights – featuring glass fibres coated with phosphorous to produce a new, super-slim and extremely precise form.
Parts of the exterior and interior are made of recycled carbon fibre, while contoured shoulders are used to create the effect of the iconic Hoffmeister kink, instead of incorporating the actual design we’ve all been so used to seeing.
Filling the arches are 21-inch wheels in the front while a 22-inch pair occupies the rear. Its rear window design takes its cue from the BMW M1.
Distinctive features displayed with the car also include the Curved Glass Display that stretches around the steering wheel like a visor, facial recognition, foam material for the seats with shape memory properties, with minimal use of leather – applied only in areas where the occupant’s hands would touch – such as the steering wheel and door handles.