The BMW Vision M NEXT concept is set to be revealed at the end of the month, and it could preview a replacement for the i8
BMW has released several teaser images of the Vision M NEXT: a new concept that, according to the brand, will demonstrate how “intelligent technologies will enhance driving pleasure.”
Details on one of the abstract images appears to show the concept’s C Pillar, which flows into a rear vent just behind the side window and just above the rear wheel arch. The angle of the roofline – and the need for ventilation at the rear – suggests that the Vision M NEXT is a mid-engined coupe; perhaps previewing a replacement for the i8.
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The images themselves are not of the car itself, but are close-up photos of artworks created by Thomas Demand. However, the shapes and colours shown in the pictures are based on those of the actual concept. They’re bold contrasting shades which we wouldn’t expect to see should it make production.
Another teaser shot, which seems to be taken from a slightly higher viewpoint of the rear pillar, appears to show the bright red portion of the bodywork wrapping around the rear of the car.
Beyond the cryptic images, BMW is yet to reveal any information about potential powertrain configurations. BMW’s current mid-engined car, the i8, mixes a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor to deliver a total of 369bhp and 570Nm of torque. While the i8 isn’t positioned as a full-on performance model, the ‘M’ in this concept’s name suggests this may become a hotter performance car.
The full reveal of the BMW Vision M NEXT concept is due to take place in Munich later this month.
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