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The BMW M Series is Going Hybrid With a PHEV Model

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"A power PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is next for M," said BMW's head of engineering Klaus Fröhlich.

For many people, the idea of a hybrid conjures up images of less than stellar performance. Traditionally, the concept is based on the combination of electric motors with gasoline engines to simply reduce fuel consumption. Recently, several automakers have redefined the word to mean something entirely different. Instead, these vehicles use hybrid technology to boost performance. Essentially, the automaker takes a very capable powertrain and enhances it with the addition of electric motors, propelling performance vehicles to a whole new level. Utilizing this idea, the legendary M Series is going hybrid with a BMW M Series PHEV model. 

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BMW's M Series cars are incredible packages of unparalleled luxury, ferocious power and incredible amenities. Monstrous engines, ferocious horsepower and exquisite luxury all reign supreme in these exceptional cars. The M5 4-door sedan, for example, boasts a 4.4L twin turbo V8 engine that delivers 553 lb-ft of torque. Once the fastest production sedan in the world, the BMW M5 Sedan is still considered the benchmark others try to beat. 

Now, BMW is experimenting with new ways to generate the car's power. BMW has confirmed that plug-in hybrid M cars are on their way. 

BMW’s head of engineering, Klaus Froehlich has said, “[In the] long term, beyond 2025, there will be the possibility for [battery-electric vehicles]. [But] for me, power PHEV is the next step. Of course, that car will be between 1,600 to 1,700 kilograms, all-wheel drive, and 600 horsepower at least.”

1,600 to 1,700 kilograms is the equivalent of 3,500 to 3,700 pounds. In general, hybrid cars are typically heavier than non-hybrids, due to the weight of their components. The current BMW M5 weighs 4,370 pounds, so Froehlich's goal is a lofty one. Perhaps BMW's first hybrid M Series PHEV will be a smaller model such as the M2; the company isn't saying yet. 

BMW has plenty of experience with sporty hybrid models, take the i8 for example. It is fun to drive, outstandingly luxurious and of course, hybrid. A BMW 5-Series prototype has also recently been spotted in Germany, one that is equipped with three electric motors and is capable of 720 horsepower. 

BMW also recently released some abstract images of its new 600 horsepower hybrid sports car concept called the BMW Vision M NEXT. Under its hood, BMW says, is a plug-in hybrid powertrain, complete with an electric motor at each axle, allowing for purely electric driving in either rear- or all-wheel-drive modes. Factor in its gasoline engine and the car can generate up to 600 horsepower, reaching a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h). This model, in particular, is said to be BMW's take on self-driving cars. Still several years away, BMW will need to get its weight down significantly. The batteries in fully electric vehicles are quite heavy. 

This BMW M Series PHEV is unlikely to be the end goal. Many expect that it is the next step towards a fully electrified high-performance car, said to be on the horizon for 2025. 

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