Published: Wed, June 26, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

BMW Vision M Next concept unveiled

BMW Vision M Next concept unveiled

BMW's self-imposed challenge is a straightforward one. Problem is, where do keen drivers fit into that scenario?

BMW M has this morning set out its vision for the immediate future.

Depending on the driving mode, the Vision M Next can be driven in two- or four-wheel drive.

The company has just revealed its Vision M Next concept, a 600-horsepower mid-engine supercar meant to show off the M technology of the future. Instead, it's a hybrid, with a choice of different drive modes.

The cylinder-shaped electric motor, on the other hand, is positioned underneath the battery and is connected to the rear wheel via a drive shaft.

The vehicle will do zero to 60 in about three seconds and has a pure EV range of 62 miles.

During the inaugural BMW #NEXTGen event at BMW Welt in Munich this week, BMW unveiled a stunning concept as an idea for a future sport cars. The system would be able to suggest when it would be most beneficial to trigger BOOST+ mode, for example.

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In profile, the M Concept appears to be a mid-engine sports vehicle thanks to its floating roofline (same as in the M1) and gaping intakes behind the gullwing doors.

In terms of the design, it's hard not to be captivated by the slender, wedge-like profile, as well as the chunky front grilles and deep lower intake. The grille opening has a "transparent layer with a laser-etched, illuminated pattern that seems to be floating inside" and are flanked by sleek, twin strip Laser Wire headlights. In darkness, they increase the visibility from the side and thus providing more security.

Above this structure is a flat, tubular structure that runs from just behind the handlebar to the tail.

Clearly a design study for now, BMW avoids details involving potential performance and handling, only stating that it will have a glut of torque on tap. Front and rear have Thrilling Orange finish and rest of vehicle features Cast Silver metallic paintwork.

BMW's Laser Wire technology makes another appearance for the taillamps, with glass lenses that extend out into the hips of the vehicle.

This is not the first time BMW has given a nod to the M1. As well, the Vision M Next has facial recognition to open the car's doors automatically and fingerprint start for the powertrain. Accent lines emphasize the controls and the overall shape of the cabin. Materials used include aluminum and carbon fiber to keep the weight down, though BMW Motorrad didn't say what the concept weighs with the beefy battery onboard.

BMW cars are still subject to the carmaker's ongoing recalls.

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