BMW won over a lot of critics with its release of the i3, and then repeated the move again when the i8 came to market, but it’s been a while, and in the meantime, plenty of advances with electric vehicles have been achieved. It’s high time for BMW to get back into the game, and their Vision M Next Concept, which is said to have 600 horsepower, may win critics back once again.
BMW gave the world the first taste of the new concept at this year’s BMW NextGen conference, which was held in Munich. It wasn’t just the car that was introduced, however, but also BMW’s new “D+ACES” approach to building. The idea behind D+ACES is a commitment to developing vehicles based on five key points—Design and Autonomous Driving, Connectivity, Electrification, and Services. The Vision M makes use of this new approach.
Most likely, though, it’s the performance that you’re wondering about—a word of advice: don’t neglect checking out the new design for the Vision M. For the concept vehicle, BMW went with a hybrid powertrain that utilizes a four-cylinder gas-electric engine capable of 600 horsepower. If that’s not enough power, the concept also comes with “BOOST+” functionality that, as the name suggests, gives an extra kick to the performance, available with the push of a button.
With 600 horses pulling at it, the Vision M can go from 0 to 100 in just three seconds and tops out at 186 miles per hour. For range on the electric motor, you can count on up to 62 miles of range.
BMW also showcased a lot of other new, and exciting tech in the Vision M concept. For instance, the car uses facial recognition to open the gullwing doors. The instrument panel is actually an augmented reality head-up display with a curved glass centre display. “The BMW Vision M Next provides a glimpse into the future of sporty driving,” states Adrian van Hooydonk, the senior vice president of BMW’s Group Design.
“Where the BMW Vision iNEXT illustrated how autonomous driving is set to transform life on board our vehicles, the BMW Vision M NEXT demonstrates how state-of-the-art technology can also make the experience of driving yourself purer and more emotionally engaging.”