The next BMW M3 will be electric and will certainly have crazy performance. The Bavarian firm announces a megawatt of power, or 1,300 horsepower, thanks to four engines.
BMW recently presented an electric sedan concept based on its ‘Neue Klasse’ basis. This new platform will be the basis of the manufacturer’s future ‘zero-emission’ sedan. But we also had confirmation that there would indeed be a future electric M3 on the same platform.
The project for an electric M3 was already known, but we did not know what ambitions BMW had regarding it. We now know that the brand will launch the new electric M3 in the wake of the future production Neue Klasse.
Frank Weber, BMW’s product director, confirmed that the architecture of the Neue Klasse “was designed for four electric motors operating independently of each other and capable of reaching one megawatt”.
One megawatt represents approximately 1,340 horsepower, which would therefore be distributed among four motors, one at each wheel. According to Weber, BMW “can do crazy things” with the new electric platform, which offers numerous solutions.
“And then there are settings which allow us to go further into something which is increasingly oriented towards rear-wheel drive with the control possibilities that we have with electric motors. »
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A concept that goes “beyond” what people know
The Neue Klasse should arrive on the market in 2025, with new standards of performance and autonomy. But the objective of the electric M3 will be to draw on the capabilities of this platform to make it a showcase.
“We want to offer something that shows that the Neue Klasse is already very ambitious”poursuit Weber. “It’s about doing something that goes way beyond what people are used to today. This will come with M3 and won’t be far removed from the initial launch of the Neue Klasse line. »
BMW plans to keep an M3 with a thermal engine for a few more years, and have them coexist. Weber understands customers’ desires for a loud M3. However, he reassures that driving this electric M3 will be a real pleasure.
“I can guarantee you that if there is a problem with the engine noise, which is still non-existent, there is certainly not one with the handling of the car. It’s incredible. »
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