For a little over a century now, BMW has been synonymous with performance. The company began building aircraft engines way back in 1916. This should not be much of a surprise to most BMW enthusiasts because their cars are known to fly. Although BMW did not begin building automobiles until 1928, their reputation as a major player in the industry has been well established since then.
One look at the BMW Vision M Next and you feel as though the future is here. Brand enthusiasts will instantly see the stylish inspiration provided by the notorious BMW M1 manufactured from 1978 to 1981. The similarities end there. There is no doubt the driving experience of the BMW Vision M Next will be unlike any of the brand’s prestigious predecessors.
BMW has long held a reputation for building cars that offer the driver an exhilarating experience from the moment you fire it up. Many driving purists fear the age of autonomous cars, but BMW is at the forefront of giving drivers of the future the option of control. Pushing the boundaries of driving technology, the BMW Vision M Next features the kind of technology and calculated assistance designed to actively engage drivers who prefer to be behind the driver’s seat.
“The BMW Vision M NEXT provides a glimpse into the future of sporty driving,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design. “Where the BMW Vision iNEXT illustrated how autonomous driving is set to transform life on board our vehicles, the BMW Vision M NEXT demonstrates how state-of-the-art technology can also make the experience of driving yourself purer and more emotionally engaging. In both models, the focus is firmly on the people inside. Design and technology make the ‘EASE’ and ‘BOOST’ experiences more natural and more intense.”
In simple terms, the ‘EASE’ mode means the Vision M Next drives itself while the ‘BOOST’ mode offers a full driving experience. One of the most exciting developments from any driving purist’s standpoint is BMW’s innovative PHEV drive system. This advanced system offers drivers the choice between electric all-wheel drive featuring fully electric propulsion, or the power of a turbocharged four cylinder gasoline engine operating in pure rear wheel drive bliss.
If that’s not enough to convince you the future of cars may still have something to offer the purist, this will: the BMW Vision M Next will feature 600 hp producing a top speed of 186 mph capable of going from 0 to 62 mph in a gut-twisting three seconds. With performance like that being made available to operate outside of autonomy, it looks like the future of driving is in good hands at BMW.