It took them only about 40 years, but after the original 1978 BMW M1 the Munich manufacturer is finally ready to show us a concept of the next ‘pure’ M car – say hello to the BMW Vision M Next
BMW’s Motorsport department certainly got off on the right foot – the BMW M1 in was a ground-up M car, through and through, with bespoke, composite bodywork and a racing engine mounted in the middle. It was so hot, the M1 was too exotic even for Lamborghini. The Italians were originally tasked with building them, but they couldn’t figure out their foot from their zabaione, so that was a sham. Anyway BMW did get it right in the end, and then never again.
What we mean of course is that ever since the M1 launched the M brand, BMW hasn’t built a pure M car since. Now the new M boss, Markus Flasch, claims this latest wild concept it actually heading for a production green light, which means we’re finally about to get an M car that everyone’s been salivating for.
Of course it’s going to be an electrified hybrid – not because BMW’s Motorsport department actually gives a hoot about electricity and batteries, but rather because that’s what everyone else seems to be doing, and BMW doesn’t want to look out of place. Remember kids, life is about conformity, so just get in line. Being original and exercising free will is for those damn dirty hippies.
Before we go completely astray here, the idea with this new BMW Vision M Next concept is to preview a production car of ‘the next decade’, according to the Germans. That might be 2023, or 2025, I don’t know, but the Munich manufacturer is committed to introducing 25 electrified models over the following five years because those people on the top floor in grey suits say that we, the consumers, really, really want electric cars. BMW’s numbers point to increasing EV and hybrid demand, to the tune of more than 30 percent per year up to 2025. After that the computer stopped guessing, or maybe it ran out of battery.
Anyway, back to the Vision M Next, which BMW says is totally focused on the driver. It can also drive itself, leaving the driver to wallow in loneliness feeling unappreciated and allowing plenty of time to look up reputable shrinks on Instagram.
Also, it looks pretty good, and compact, and we particularly like some details borrowed from that old M1, like the C-Pillar design and the rear shoulder vents. As for the performance, it’s suitably concept-like – the Vision M Next is powered by a four-cylinder internal combustion engine paired up with batteries and motors to produce a total of 600 horsepower. This enables a top speed of 300km/h, zero to 100km/h in three seconds dead, and a zero-emissions range of 100km which allows for precisely 58.8 trips up and down The Walk on Friday night.