BMW’s New Strategy: M All The Things – 26 Models Reportedly Coming By 2021

BMW recently announced plans to offer 25 electrified models by 2025 and it appears the company is going to need all of these eco-friendly vehicles to help offset a massive onslaught on new M models.

According to Autocar, BMW is preparing to launch 26 M and M Performance vehicles over the next few years. The M8 will be unveiled next year but the real push will begin when the all-new M3 debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019. As BMW M boss Frank van Meel explained, “The M3 is a crucial car for BMW M … it wasn’t the first fully fledged M car but it continues to stand for everything the brand is based upon.”

The report says the new M3 will ride on the CLAR platform and feature more aluminum and high-strength steel. The car is also slated to adopt a number of carbon fiber components to ensure it weighs less than the M3 CS which recently debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Despite rumors of a hybrid powertrain, sources told the publication we can expect a conventional twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces around 465 hp (346 kW). The car will reportedly be offered with a six-speed manual and an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. Regardless of which gearbox is selected both are slated to send power to the rear-wheels as the rumored all-wheel drive system was reportedly deemed too heavy and expensive.

Besides the M3, we can expect M versions of the X3, X4, and Z4. They are slated to be joined by M Performance variants of the 3-Series, 4-Series, X2, and X7.

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  • exeptor

    I really hope that BMW will make 8 series just right. They must! Technological I have no doubt and seeing this images I think that the overal shape of the car is quite right. Just hope for this final touches which will make it exeptional (as the original 8) or simply bland (in terms of design only) as the new M5 (which in my eyes is the less character full of all previous M5 … maybe sharing the first place with the previous model). As I said before – in searching of perfection BMW lost a bit of their soul. M3 heritage partially lost (I admit that M2, and this is not a typo, are trying hard but that’s all), M5 is the same story, a lineup full of SUVs (yes, they might be the sportiest in their class, but who really cares – definetely not the majority of their owners). They don’t have a major sport success apart of DTM, they don’t have a flagship/halo car. So the question is – what’s left? Don’t get me wrong – I like BMW and as a family man I will be very happy with the new 3 or 5 series (especially wagons), but only for the reason that they are very good cars and not because I fell childish when I see or hear them … and that’s a bit of a sad one.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m really hoping they don’t botch the front end. I know it can’t look like the concept as it will need bumpers and street-legal headlamps but I hope it’s clean and nit too jowly.

  • jsz00

    BMW X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, …., X26
    The ultimate appliance machines

  • B.Stokes

    Please BMW. Don’t mess up this 8 Series…

  • Andrewthecarguy

    It all boils down to money.
    I remember vivdly when Mercedes started making the AMG Optik available on every model.
    It diluted AMG yes, BUT…it made benzes look very good across the world which drove sales and made AMG more popular.
    BMW is behind Mercedes in market share and money making in general. It needs to sell more cars so it can create more desirable ones. I guess more M cars is the answer.

    An X7 ///M seems crazy but when you think of the GLS 63 it changes everything. BMW would miss the boat if the don’t make a full fledged X7 ///M.

    Where is M7 already? M760 is not working…

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    So it looks each and every ///M models will have their regular BMWs???

  • LWOAP

    As long as it doesn’t dilute the product I’m all for more M versions.

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