BMW M models will continue to be equipped with large V8 or inline 6 engines, as the Germans refuse to succumb to downsizing.
The performance department M by BMW says a resounding no to small engines and won’t follow the lead of direct competitor Mercedes-Benz. It believes in the big engines it has in its range, such as 6 cylinders in series and V8which it will keep in its range until it makes the switch to electric models.
The choice of a small engine, with 3 or 4 cylinders to be combined with an electric motor and battery is not in her drawers BMW Mas pointed out by her boss, Mr Frank van Meel in a recent interview.
“Putting a small engine under the hood of a BMW M model, which should be combined with large batteries it would not be the right choice for the company. Electrification will certainly play a role in our transition to purely electric, but in a different way, as for example we do with XM which is electrified with a motor 4.4 liter V8 and has the electric motor in a supporting role”.
“Besides, we have good engines already and there is no need to do anything different. We will continue like this until we move to the next step which will be pure electric models” added Frank van Meel.