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BMW Vision M Next might replace i3 & i8

Written by Nizam Shaikh

BMW recently revealed the Vision M Next concept and according to a media report, the concept car might reach production in the coming years. It is also being reported that the BMW i3 and i8 might be succeeded by the Vision M Next, as they do not have any other successors in the brand’s electrified range.

Though information on the production-spec Vision M Next is scarce the BMW Vision M Next is likely to be offered with a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle drive system with all-electric propulsion or power from a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a combined output of 600 HP that can propel the car to 300 kmph and the Vision M Next can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 3 seconds. On the other hand, its predecessor, the i8, features a hybrid system with a three-cylinder petrol engine.

The Vision M Next has a radical exterior design and features the signature kidney grille with Laser Wire lights around them and the grille element has a laser etched with illuminated pattern that seems to be floating on the inside, a blade-shaped air intake with additional large triangular air intake elements on either ends and integrated stacked above one another four-eyed headlights. The rear end gets a low-slung design with recycled carbon fibre aero diffuser and Laser Wire technology on the tail lights. The aprons, both front and rear, are large and come in a fluorescent colour. 

The brand has been reported to be considering an all-electric model but considering the performance decided against it, as making a fully electric sports car would require a large battery pack which will weigh around 2.1 to 2.2 tonnes and this will compromise on the vehicles ability to go fast around corners. A 600 HP car that can only accelerate quickly in a straight line is no good and the brand wants something that can tame the Nurburgring.