BMW have unveiled its new Vision M Next concept a hybrid car where in the future, drivers will be able to choose whether they wish to be driven or do the driving themselves...
As part of the brands M range, the BMW Vision M Next shows us an electrified future by placing the focus squarely on the actively engaged driver. Intelligent technologies on board will provide comprehensive yet carefully targeted assistance to to vastly improve a driver's skills behind the wheel turning them into the ultimate driver.
Based on the BMW's future experience concepts “EASE” and “BOOST” whereby:
Ease' encompasses all the experiences during a journey when the vehicle assumes the task of driving and 'Boost' is aimed at drivers who want the convenience and safety that autonomous cars will bring, while still being able to enjoy the thrill of being behind the wheel of a sports car.
What attracts you first to the vehicle is it futuristic looks. Drawing inspiration from the iconic BMW Turbo and groundbreaking BMW i8 plug-in hybrid the BMW Vision M NEXT adopts a future-focused interpretation of design elements such as the low-slung, wedge-shaped silhouette, gullwing doors and striking colour scheme. The unmistakable sports-car proportions are composed of surfaces characterised by clarity and pared-down styling. The front and rear ends are finished in the matt-neon shade Thrilling Orange, producing a vivid contrast against the exterior’s otherwise silk-matt Cast Silver metallic paintwork. This use of colour blocking gives the Vision Vehicle an added air of modernity and emphasizes its inherent dynamism.
Power for the M Next Concept comes courtesy of a four-cylinder gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain producing a total output of 600 horsepower (441 kilowatts), which produces a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph) and enables the BMW Vision M NEXT to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just three seconds. There is also a BOOST+ mode that puts extra power on tap at the push of a button. The maximum range when driving in all-electric mode is 100 km (62 miles) – more than enough to complete the majority of journeys purely on electric power. This means the BMW Vision M NEXT is a sports car that would also be suitable for use in city centres where zero-emissions zones may come into force in the future.
Inside the car facial recognition technology allows the car to unlock automatically as the driver approaches. Pressing the touch sensor on the gullwing doors prompts them to swing open, revealing a cabin that merges the driver and vehicle into one. The classy, minimalist interior revolves entirely around the actively engaged driver, both stylistically and technologically. The interior appears as if cut from a single mould, with functional elements such as the air vents integrated almost out of sight. Its geometry is deliberately restrained in nature so the driver can devote their attention entirely to the driving experience.
With its enthralling blend of design and driving experience, the BMW Vision M NEXT fuses BMW’s sporting heritage with the possibilities of tomorrow’s world, and illustrates how the D+ACES building blocks for the future will be able to enhance how the driver experiences a car’s dynamics.