I’m Next

The Vi­sion M Next con­cept packs phe­nom­e­nal hy­brid per­for­mance, and then some

Evo India - - BRIEFING -

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.

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