The outgoing BMW M boss Dr. Friedrich Nitschke sat down with German magazine Auto Motor und Sport to talk about the future of the brand, all-wheel drive M cars, naturally-aspirated engines versus turbo, BMW M8 and much more.
Ex-Audi quattro boss, Franciscus van Meel, will take over as Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH from 1 January 2015.
Here's the i8 portion of Nitschke's discussion, as outlined by BMWBLOG:
According to the M boss, BMW has decided so far not to build a traditional supercar, but rather focus on the next generation supercars, which we see in the BMW i8. Furthermore, Nitschke says if BMW will design an M supercar in the future, “then it would be something special, not just another supercar.”
He also ruled out an i8 M sportscar but left the door open for a hybrid-powered M. He says that “for engineers a combination of combustion and electric motor is an attractive option.” But the added weight, due to the battery and the electric motor, would forbid the birth of a hybrid M.
So, no hybrid M car...ever?