The Vision M Next concept packs phenomenal hybrid performance, and then some
THE NEW VISION M NEXT IS A LOOK into the future of the BMW sportscar. The concept takes the form of a striking mid-engined plug-in hybrid not dissimilar to the current i8, but offers more power and capability.
The Vision M concept is a plug-in hybrid that combines an internal combustion engine with electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack. Although BMW isn't forthcoming with specifics, it has confirmed that the internal combustion engine is a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol mated to electric motors to make 592bhp.
The concept is able to run in both rear-wheel drive and electrified all-wheel drive modes, alluding to the fitment of a front-mounted electric motor providing drive to the front wheels, as in the current i8. Performance is suitably impressive, with a projected 0-100kmph
time of three seconds, and a top speed of 300kmph. The increased energy density of the new battery pack also allows a longer 100km EV range.
BMW insists that for a sports car like this to exist in the future, a duality of function is required, something the Vision M promises with its hybridised power trains and extended EV range. The production-possible status of the concept might well see it reach the marketplace as a future i8 replacement.