BMW M all-electric high-performance prototype

M POWER – ELECTRIFIED.

Ready for the next chapter.

Exactly 50 years after its foundation, BMW M GmbH is in the midst of a transformation process towards electric mobility, which not only preserves the unmistakable performance characteristics of its models, but at the same time enriches them with new facets. The anniversary year has already seen the market launch of the all-electric BMW i4 M50 performance car and the BMW iX M60. And the BMW i7 M70, the first BMW M automobile based on an all-electric luxury sedan, is to follow as early as next year.

With the prototype now unveiled, BMW M is starting a new chapter in high-performance drives. The concept testing focuses on a four-wheel drive system comprising four electric motors and an integrated driving dynamics control system, which together provide an unprecedented level of performance and experience. Look forward to all-electric top performance - made by BMW M.

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M POWER – ELECTRIFIED.Ready for the next chapter.
Frank van Meel next to the BMW M all-electric high-performance prototype
“On our anniversary, we are not only looking back, but above all also looking forward.”
Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH

ULTIMATE DRIVING DYNAMICS.

High-Performance test vehicle in the guise of a BMW i4 M50.

Based on the BMW i4 M50, a purely electrically powered coupe has been created with a modified body in typical BMW M GmbH style, the wide wheel arches of which permit the integration of specifically manufactured high-performance front and rear axle designs. The front end of the vehicle features an adapted body strut concept taken from the BMW M3 and M4 series for particularly high torsional rigidity in extremely dynamic driving situations. The arrangement of the radiator units is also based on the configuration developed for the current high-performance sports cars.

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Ready for the next chapter. WE ARE M.

READY FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER. WE ARE M.

EXTREMELY PRECISE, EXTREMELY VARIABLE.

M xDrive four-wheel drive system with four electric motors.

The core of the revolutionary high-performance drive system now making its debut on the road in the test vehicle is an electric M xDrive four-wheel drive system with four electric motors. The fact that all four wheels are each driven by an electric motor opens up completely new possibilities for infinitely variable, extremely precise and at the same time very fast distribution of drive torque. Within milliseconds, the power and torque of the spontaneously reacting electric motors can be dosed so precisely that the load demand signalled via the accelerator pedal can be realised at a level of dynamics that is unattainable using conventional drive systems.

 

This means that the driver is able to experience entirely new performance characteristics even under extremely demanding conditions such as in highly dynamic situations or adverse road conditions. “We can already see that we can exploit this potential to the maximum, so that our high-performance sports cars will continue to offer the M-typical and incomparable combination of dynamics, agility and precision in the locally emission-free future,” says Dirk Häcker, Head of Development at BMW M GmbH.

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“Electrification opens up completely new degrees of freedom for us to create M typical dynamics.”
Dirk Häcker, Head of Development at BMW M GmbH
Dirk Häcker next to the BMW M all-electric high-performance prototype

A NEW LEVEL.

Highly integrated control unit for vehicle dynamics and drive control.

The precision during the transfer of drive torque in particular benefits significantly from the electric M xDrive four-wheel drive system. The four motors are connected to a central, highly integrated control unit that permanently monitors the driving condition and the driver's wishes. The ideal power transmission to the road is calculated within milliseconds from the values for the accelerator pedal position, steering angle, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, wheel speeds and other parameters. The signals for this are transmitted just as quickly and directly via a multi-plate clutch and differentials to the four motors, which are able to implement them immediately and precisely.

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MORE DYNAMICS AND EFFICIENCY.

The high-performance character of the new drive system is also evident in the recuperation of braking energy. Right up to the limits of driving dynamics, the four motors can assume the function of a generator when braking before a bend, for example, and feed electricity back into the high-voltage battery.

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Already available - fully electric performance automobiles from BMW M.

BMW i4 M50

BMW i4 M50: Energy power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 22.5-18.0 (WLTP); CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0 g (WLTP)

BMW i4 M50.

M Performance in a completely new dimension: The BMW i4 M50 brings the classic M formula of agility, dynamism and precision to the world of electric mobility – and stands for high-intensity driving pleasure. Equipped with BMW M eDrive motors at both the front and rear axle with a combined maximum output of 400 kW (544 hp) and M specific chassis technology, it promises captivating performance while achieving a range of up to 510 kilometres.

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BMW iX M60

BMW iX M60: Energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 24.5-22.5 (WLTP); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (WLTP)

BMW iX M60.

With a peak output of 455 kW (619 hp)* and an M specific suspension set-up, it adds an outstanding performance experience to the world of locally emission-free mobility. With its technological highlights, which also include the areas of automated driving, operation and connectivity, the BMW iX M60 represents a new understanding of advanced luxury and high performance: the Ultimate Electric Driving Machine.

 

* Electric drive with up to 397 kW during temporary performance increase <10 seconds up to 455 kW

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BMW iX M60

BMW iX M60: Energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 24.5-22.5 (WLTP); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (WLTP)

BMW i4 M50: Energy power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 22.5-18.0 (WLTP); CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0 g; Electric range in km: 416-520 (WLTP)

BMW iX M60: Energy consumption in kWh/100 km: 24.5-22.5 (WLTP); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (WLTP); Electric range in km: 502-549 (WLTP)

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  • The models illustrated include optional equipment.

    Official data on power consumption and electric range were determined in accordance with the mandatory measurement procedure and comply with Regulation (EU) 715/2007 valid at the time of type approval. In case of a range, figures in the NEDC take into account differences in the selected wheel and tire size; figures in the WLTP take into account any optional equipment. WLTP values are used for assessing taxes and other vehicle-related charges that are (also) based on CO2 emissions, as well as for the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies, if applicable. Where applicable, the NEDC values listed were calculated based on the new WLTP measurement procedure and then converted back to the NEDC measurement procedure for comparability reasons. For newly type-tested vehicles since 01.01.2021, the official data no longer exist according to NEDC, but only according to WLTP. For more information on the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures, see https://www.bmw.com/wltp.

    For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

    All vehicles, equipment, combination possibilities and varieties shown here are examples and can differ in your country. In no way do they constitute a binding offer by the BMW M GmbH. Visit your local BMW website or see your authorised BMW M Retailer for accurate details on the offers in your country.