I know, my heart sank as well when hearing about this blasphemy. Frank Van Meel, head of BMW’s M Division, announced in a recent interview with Top Gear, that it was inevitable that electrification will eventually work its way to our beloved M cars at some point in the future.
Now some reports are saying that they will be going full electric, but what we take from the comments made by Van Meel is that they will probably be more like a hybrid type situation. Now ten years ago that still would’ve been devastating information to hear. But thanks to cars like the McLaren P1, Laferrari and Porsche 918 the hybrid cars are significantly more enticing. We’re thinking something more along the lines of a more powerful i8, well we should say we’re hoping it’s more along those lines.
Although we should probably talk about the worst case scenario, they go fully electric. Performance wise, it may not be that big of a deal I mean look at the Tesla and how ridiculously powerful it is. But that’s straight line speed, though, BMW’s aren’t really known for that sort of thing even though they still hold their own. What they are known for of course is the handling, fun to drive factor, as well as being stupid fast. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard anything regarding how great the Tesla is when in a track type situation, other than a drag strip track or course.
That additional weight of the batteries and electric drivetrain might be the one thing that’s preventing BMW from making the switch sooner than later. The one good thing we gathered from the interview with Van Meel is that BMW promises to maintain the “philosophy” of the of its M division so we’re hoping that means no matter what they do in the future, the performance, handling, fun to drive factor, and everything else that makes up the “Ultimate Driving Machine” that we all know and love.