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The new BMW is an electric car that had BMW saying, “I didn’t see that coming”

The M3 will still feel like a proper M4.

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It’ll continue to feel like a genuine M3.

The BMW M division is preparing to electrify its performance models while reducing manufacturing of cars with just internal combustion engines. In an interview with Autocar, the team’s leader, Frank van Meel, provides some insight into the electrified future.

I would love to see hybrid and all-electric Ms in the future, but if we introduce them, they will be so revolutionary that you would think, “This is crazy, I didn’t see it coming,” he remarked.

We are aware that the M division will be producing electric BMW vehicles. The next-generation M5 appears to use a plug-in hybrid variant of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 used in the hybrid-assisted twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 used in the forthcoming XM.

On the Neue Klasse platform from BMW, the next-generation 3 Series will debut in 2025 as a fully electric vehicle. Van Meel is still evasive regarding the possibility of a new M3. “It might electrify, but if it does, the M3 will remain its exclusive designation. You should always be able to drive our cars and recognize them as M cars, regardless of the powertrain “said he.

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Van Meel claims that a key component of developing an electric M3 would be weight reduction. “Electric vehicles do, however, have some benefits. For example, you can remove some of the acoustic insulation, and engineers may find it intriguing that the battery is so light “explained he.

The electrification of BMW:

According to reports, the internal codename for the electric 3 Series will be NK1. With plans to offer a single electric motor driving the rear wheels or a pair turning both axles, BMW is developing the electric motors internally. According to reports, the system has a total range of more than 435 miles and can rapid charge at 350 kilowatts (700 kilometers). According to reports, the platform features a cage made of carbon fiber and aluminum to save weight.

An electric crossover will also be supported by the Neue Klasse platform. According to BMW, sales of vehicles with these foundations might account for half of its total sales by 2030.

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