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One way or another, the BMW M brand will not be able to avoid electrification, due to tighter emissions regulations and the higher performance of EVs, regardless if there's plenty of demand for conventionally-powered cars.
Dirk Hacker, BMW M vice president, said that the hybrid M (we believe plug-in hybrid in this case) is now under consideration, with the prototypes are already being tested.
“We cannot avoid the need for electrification and it is true that we are working on hybrid power already. For now, all I will say is that we are working on a very precise technical solution, but there is no final decision on how to deploy the concept.”
First, BMW will need to figure out which M model is to be electrified.
Then, because batteries add weight, there will be a need to perhaps increase the overall power, to find the new sweet spot for the power-train.
“Adding mass to performance cars is never ideal. But if we can use electrification to install more performance, then we start to have the answers. That might be more speed, or it might be the ability for a car to be driven on electric power in a city. It might also be the case that we need different answers to that question in different cities.”
The interview with Hacker suggest that next generation technology to be utilized within BMW Group from 2021...