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Live: BMW reveals Vision M Next concept

by Justin King

The concept hints at a successor to the current i8 hybrid.

BMW has revealed the Vision M Next concept, highlighting the company's ambitions for a hybrid performance coupe in the spirit of the current i8.

The Vision M Next shares its overall form with the i8 coupe, including its sleek wedge profile and gull-wing doors. The concept adds more dramatic styling elements, with a striking two-tone color-blocking scheme and larger angular kidney grille.

The Power PHEV drive system combines a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, allowing drivers to switch between pure rear-wheel drive and electric all-wheel drive.

BMW says the powertrain boasts a combined output of 600 horsepower and propels the coupe to 62 mph in just three seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph. Drivers can operate in all-electric mode for 62 miles.

Inside, the Vision M Next is even more futuristic with its 'Boost Pod' geometry that arranges all controls and information across three visual tiers in the driver's direct field of view.

"In the BMW Vision M Next, intelligent technologies help the driver and deliver the right content at the right time," says BMW design VP Domagoj Dukec. "This is a deliberate counterpoint to the BMW Vision iNext, which focused on multimodal operation from every seat."

Notably, the M Next appears to be closer to a reasonable production car than BMW's other Vision concepts. The four-cylinder hybrid powertrain and 600-horsepower spec mesh with rumors of a next-generation i8, which could arrive in a few years if it receives a final green light.

Images by Ronan Glon.

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