Autonomous Model M ‘Certainly’ Happens, Says Former BMW M CEO


BMW does not hesitate to talk about details of its future portfolio. The company has already announced a number of upcoming performance models, like the M3 CS and M4 CSL, as well as a few hybrid and fully electric battery-powered vehicles to join the charming iX crossover. But in a recent interview, former BMW M boss Markus Flasch revealed that the company is working hard on an upcoming Mr.

In an interview with the publication Auto Motor Und Sport, Flasch said a new high-performance standalone M model – in the spirit of the iconic M1 – will join the lineup in the near future. “Well, there will definitely be an independent Model M again,” Flasch said emphatically. But whether or not it will be a true sports car like the M1, or something entirely different, remains to be seen.

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“Our core brand is still racing and high performance on the road,” said Flasch. “However, we also want to retain customers who like expressive luxury. With the M8 and its derivatives, we have already succeeded in some cases, but there is a segment in which there is a lot going on and in which we are not. not pictured yet. I can’t say more about it. “

Spy photos and leaked details reveal that BMW is already working hard on an M hybrid SUV, which will debut on November 29. Reports indicate that this SUV will be an “flagship M”, with more than 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts) tap, expected to start production at the company’s facilities in Spartanburg, South Carolina, next year.

But conflicting news indicates that this new SUV will carry an X8 badge, rather than a full “XM” nickname as others had initially suggested. And with production destined for Spartanburg – the home of the BMW X7 – this SUV is unlikely to be the true “autonomous” M model Flasch refers to.

We’re still hoping for a top-of-the-line sports car, but as of yet there is no information to suggest what this new M model might be.


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