Report: BMW M division considering hybrid powertrains

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KERS-like system to be in M cars soon

With electric motors being used to make supercars faster, the BMW M division is considering hybrid powertrains to make upcoming M cars even faster. As a bonus, not only will the cars be faster but will lower CO2 emissions as well.

Dirk Hacker, vice-president for engineering of BMW M, said the future of performance cars is with hybrid technology when he was interviewed by Auto Express. “We will look at electrification – I think it could be inevitable – but it depends on the possibility of increasing performance.” said Hacker during this year's North American International Auto Show.

At the moment, BMW offers Efficient Dynamics for the full lineup, M cars included. These cars are equipped with active vents as well as energy regeneration for better fuel efficiency. BMW also has three hybrid models as well as two plug-in hybrid models, both with an 'e-boost' function. It would seem like the upcoming M cars may soon get this feature if plans push through. As not to compromise dynamics, Hacker says keeping the weight down is very important, as well as balance or weight distribution.

When asked if a full-electric model is a possibility, Hacker said, “We’ve found that our customers are not interested in driving without the combustion engine”. Although this rules out full-electric model in the meantime, Hacker said that he is willing to wait until these systems become light enough to have no adverse effects on vehicle dynamics.

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