B MW talks about using traditional branding requirements "The new age of driving pleasure". The first teasers at M Next come from the photographer Thomas Demand, who made pictures of details about the concept car. The shot is actually very abstract, but if it is not wrong, especially indicates a shot of the C-pillar, which is also the future design in the tradition of several brand idols. You can recognize lines reminiscent of i8, but also corners pointing to the legendary mid-engine sports car M1
M GmbH dreams of the hypercar
The latest sports car study BMW has introduced appropriately 10 years ago: At the IAA 2009, the concept car BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics was the harbinger of i8, which debuted as a production vehicle in 2013.
According to Rumors or just wishes from fans of the brand, BMW has been working for a further development of I8, while BMW M GmbH has been around for quite some time in the design of a super sports car with low emissions and high performance should be interested.
After i8 five years ago as a hybrid athlete with a relatively modest 3-cylinder petrol engine went to the first customers, there were persistent rumors that BMW is working on a minimum four-cylinder power version of i8 – together with the electric support, one should drop 500 horsepower, in the room was also a sports car, which would cost around 700 hp system performance around 150,000 euros. Both would be modest considering the competition from Aston Martin Valkyrie, Mercedes-AMG One or Ferrari SF90 with 1000 hp and more.
Electric power is the new Sporty
But after BMW considered the hybrid in time 10 years ago, the Future Vision of a BMW sports car must become a pure electric car à la Lotus 130. According to BMW, the focus on Vision M Next is on sporty driving and on the driver, which becomes the "ultimate driver" with intelligent technologies. Design and technology intensify the desired driving experience and thanks to the "Boost" function, corresponding dynamics.
It is well conceivable that the dynamics also come from the new possibilities of torque vectoring in the drive unit. Due to the lightning-fast force shift of multiple electric motors to individual wheels, the steering speed of electronic driving stability systems such as ESP increases enormously and provides much more agility and higher turning speeds.
The optics can only be speculated in view of the rather abstract teasers. But some of the photographs suggest proportions such as i8 or a series of classic medium-sized sports cars like Ferrari 488 or Lamborghini Hurcan.
Design lines for M Next: BMW Vision and Homage Concept Cars
This detail photo of M-Next will probably show the C-pillar and it flat roof.
This detailed picture of M-Next will probably show the C-pillar and the flat roof.
This may be the top view of the C pillar of M Next; in the upper right corner the dark rear window would be visible. Under the elongated C-pillar can end in a kind of fin.
This design of the air duct resembles i8, the shape of i3.
What can be seen here? Hard to say. But the color combination with high contrast of orange and black seems to be important for the design.
It is the BMW Vision Next 100, a concept car that BMW presented for the company's 100th anniversary.
In Next, the counterpart to M Next – is an electric SUV that can be operated largely autonomously.
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BMW in Vision Dynamics was at IAA 2017.
He gives an idea of a purely electrically powered, four-door compartment, which will come on the market as i4 2020.
The BMW Vision Next 100 should provide a view of an autonomous, distant future limousine.
Gullwing doors and fully paneled tires make it clear: This is a clean concept car.
When steering, the body should continue to cover the wheels as a skin.
The proportions of Vision Next 100, which were presented in 2016, are a bit reminiscent of Vision Dynamics in 2017 (i4).
Already at the IAA 2009, BMW Vision showed Effective Dynamics, the in-line harbinger.
Vision Efficient Dynamics was very futuristic in 2009; The production version was debuted in 2013 as i8.
Especially the rear end with the half-open, rear-facing back was stylistic.
I8 also recalled the legendary mid-engine sports car M1, which debuted in 1978.
His rather angled body is designed by Giorgio Giugiaro.
The M1 carries a 3.5-liter six-cylinder four-valve engine with 277 hp behind the rear seat and folding front headlights.
From the M1 only 450 copies were produced on three years of construction – so today good copies are traded at high six-digit prices.
A forerunner of the M1 was the much more futuristic concept car BMW turbo from 1972, which was constructed despite its stylish shape as a safety car.
It had driver systems such as ABS, radar distance warning and a lateral accelerometer.
22/33 The door clamps continued into the ceiling to form an invisible cage.
Crumple zones with hydraulic front and rear dampers ensure as much safety as the color scheme. The bright red with a bright orange orange and the rear end is difficult to miss.
The turbo also had a center engine – but a four-cylinder.
Low center of gravity and wide track must ensure good road holding.
For the 30th anniversary of the BMW M1, the BMW presented the M1 Hommage study in April 2008.
The color scheme reminiscent of the BMW turbo.
On the back you can already see the echoes of i8.
According to BMW, the study was just a shell without engine.
The 2002 tribute was technically based on M2.
Jägermeister delivery of the 70s had the Coupe 2016 in Pebble Beach
Previously, it made its debut at Concorso on Lake Como in light blue.
The eyebrow transmits signals that are known from 2002 hiding behind Hommge, partly behind body gouges.
Kidney and round headlights clearly make the shelf a BMW.
The voices that say that BMW needs a real sports car are many. But the views on what a real sports car is today are equally different. When looking at the distant future, helplessness is likely to set many places. No matter what or how M Next will be: When it comes to the vision of "joy to drive" it is likely that there are many different perspectives.