BMW’s M division has already ruled out three- and four-cylinder cars in the coming days.

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October 18, 2022, 3:53 p.m

The 2022 BMW M2 is capable of reaching a top speed of 250 km/h.

The BMW The M2 marks the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine in the German luxury car brand’s stable. BMW has already revealed that the second-generation M2 is the last M performance car to eschew electrification. He also hinted that the next-generation model will be all-electric rather than a hybrid. The automaker claims that starting in 2023, every new full-fledged M division car will come with a hybrid powertrain that will replicate the wild XM.

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Meanwhile, BMW has already eliminated the performance of cars with three or four-cylinder engines. Continuing the production of six-cylinder engines after 2030 and adding a touch of electrification seems unlikely, as the European Union is considering a ban on the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2035. Watching these events and considering the fact that a smaller engine would not be worth it M2once the battery runs out, it’s safe to assume that a potential third generation BMW M2 will be an all-electric model.

Speaking about the automaker’s strategy, BMW M division CEO Frank van Meel told CarBuzz that developing a plug-in hybrid with a downsized engine is a challenge, as the internal combustion powertrain must be powerful enough to compensate for the hybrid’s lack of boost when the battery is dead. “Putting a plug-in hybrid into a small car can be a challenge because a plug-in hybrid has to have enough power even if the electric part is not available. If your base engine isn’t strong enough, then a plug-in hybrid doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Interestingly, another German luxury car brand is BMW’s arch rival Mercedes-Benz would like to distinguish. The new Mercedes-AMG C63 received a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that independently produces 469 hp. of peak power and 545 Nm of torque.

Date of first publication: October 18, 2022, 3:53 PM IST