BMW M Performance Division Won’t Touch i3 or i8
BMW has once again confirmed that its M performance division will not tinker with the upcoming i3 or i8.
That’s a shame, especially since the i3 could use some exterior enhancements, wheel and tire upgrades and performance modifications to really crush the reasonably priced electric competition.
For the i8, it’s no big deal as it seems as though the M performance division did most of the initial development work (BMW says no, but it sure looks as if M had some say on the i8) on that model anyways.
Here’s what BMW Group head of technology communications, Cypselus von Frankenberg, told Car Advice in regards to M and the i8:
“I don’t think it’s necessary. You look at the car, it’s an i version. You look at the LifeDrive architecture of the car, it wouldn’t make sense to bring M to that.”
BMW M head of product development, Carsten Pries, agrees with Frankenberg:
“To me, the brands BMW M and BMW i have different identities, and different focuses within their identities. I don’t expect there’s any type of competition, even if i8 is a sports car, it’s a different kind of sports car.”
Okay, so with M out, what’s in store in terms of performance upgrades for the i3 and i8? Well, BMW has long offered to “chip” most of its models for a minimal fee ($1,000 or less), which boosts performance and it continues to offer M packages (wheels, tires, aero enhancements, suspension, etc) for vehicles that don’t wear the true M badge.
We suspect that BMW will make available several performance-enhancing products for both the i3 and i8 in the near future, but both an i3M (Mi3) and an i8M (Mi8) seem to be no-goes.
Source: Car Advice