In other words, expect even more powerful M cars

Harnessing electricity - fully or partially - in a vehicle has opened a whole lot of avenues for car brands to explore in their quest to offer more power than the rival next door.

One such nameplate is BMW’s M division, which doesn’t have the slightest intention to limit the level of grunt offered by its future models. On the contrary: it plans to boost those figures.

Make way, more powerful BMW M cars are coming

Thanks to Hybridization, There Is No Ceiling for the BMW M Brand Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Australia’s Which Car had a chat with mister Markus Flasch, head of BMW M and the official had some interesting things to reveal about the future of the M moniker.

One of them relates to the level of power future M cars will offer. PS: it’s looking good for the gearhead community.

Mister Flasch believes that "success has to be better than the predecessor’s character." What’s more, he is confident that "an electrified car, whether it’s plug in the wall, battery electric, has to take it up with the predecessor" and "we [BMW M] are going to make it happen."

Thanks to Hybridization, There Is No Ceiling for the BMW M Brand Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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Sounds ambitious, right? Well, this creed, if we can call it that, is based on the belief that "M is the exaggeration of what BMW stands for, in therms of driving pleasure. M supplements BMW and it’s going to remain this way."

But what does that exactly mean? In addition, the M division is confident that it can harness the said extra power as well as come up with ways to control it, in order to make the M brand accessible to everyone.

In this regard, Markus Flasch thinks that power is nothing without control and that BMW M can deliver an M5 with 625 horsepower, for example, that can be driven by his mom, in winter. As a result, we shouldn’t expect a power limit.

Thanks to Hybridization, There Is No Ceiling for the BMW M Brand Exterior High Resolution Wallpaper quality
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At the same time, the official agrees that the closest car to the M ethos is the M2, since it’s "smaller, crisper, rougher."

Lastly, concerning what sorts of transmissions we’ll see on future BMW M cars, Mr. Flasch says the answer is mostly automatic gearboxes, with manuals coming second, as an option "for the enthusiasts; for someone who wears a mechanical watch."

BMW M2 lineup specifications
BMW M2 BMW M2 Competition BMW M2 CS
Engine 3.0-liter inline-six 3.0-liter inline-six 3.0-liter inline-six
Horsepower 365 HP 405 HP 444 HP
Torque 343 LB-FT 406 LB-FT 406 LB-FT
0-60 mph 4.3-4.5 Seconds 4.2-4.4 Seconds 3.8-4.0 Seconds
Top Speed 155 MPH 174 MPH (w/ M Driver's Package) 178 MPH (est)

Source: Which Car

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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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