This year marks the 50th anniversary of BMW M and the company plans to celebrate the anniversary with a number of new performance models. The upcoming M2 and M3 Touring may be the most important launches, although a new report suggests that there could be a new surprise model coming from Munich. We’re talking about the full-fat M version of the next-generation 7 Series.
car has a new article summarizing BMW’s plans for the 50th anniversary of the M division. The final bit of information in this report is regarding the company’s flagship sedan, which could receive a powerful V8 plug-in hybrid system. Nothing can be confirmed at this early stage, although the British publication says the PHEV powertrain of the next-generation M5 and the production XM SUV will likely be offered for the 7 Series family as well. If the information is correct, the M7 could be launched as a replacement for the M760i xDrive which will be out of production this year.
According to preliminary details, the electric V8 powertrain of the future XM SUV will be available in three power stages with the most powerful producing 750 hp (551 kW) and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm). An electrical range of about 30 miles (48 kilometers) can be expected.
Another new member in the M family is perhaps the ultimate version of the i7, an electric alternative to the Series 7. Based on carThe i7 M60 will borrow the powertrain from the iX M60, meaning a dual motor system and a massive 111.5 kWh battery pack. The system delivers a peak output of 610 horsepower (449 kilowatts) and 811 pound-feet (1,100 Newton-meters) of torque through short bursts in Sport mode. When Normal driving mode is activated on the iX M60, power drops to 532 hp (391 kW) and 749 lb-ft (1,015 Nm).
The powerful electric powertrain won’t be the i7 M60’s only performance boost. car expect M-tuned self-leveling air suspension, plus bigger wheels, brakes, and a certain M color scheme. The wheel slip limit function increases traction at launch when the full potential of the electric drivetrain is released.