BMW Vision M Next Is A Glimpse Into The Ultimate Driving Machine’s Future

In a future where people will be able to choose between being driven by their vehicle and driving their vehicle, BMW is looking to reassure us that their models will continue to focus on actively engaging the driver.

The Vision M Next concept was unveiled at BMW Welt, where the automaker is also showcasing its latest technological advances in the fields of design, autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and services.

“The BMW Vision M Next provides a glimpse into the future of sporty driving,” stated the company’s senior design VP, Adrian van Hooydonk. “Where the BMW Vision iNEXT illustrated how autonomous driving is set to transform life on board our vehicles, the BMW Vision M NEXT demonstrates how state-of-the-art technology can also make the experience of driving yourself purer and more emotionally engaging. In both models, the focus is firmly on the people inside. Design and technology make the ‘EASE’ and ‘BOOST’ experiences more natural and more intense.”

What is ‘EASE’ and ‘BOOST’ you might ask? Apparently they represents the two available modes of travel, with EASE encompassing what it means to have the vehicle drive you around, whereas BOOST stands for the ultimate driving experience.

Let’s talk Vision M Next

Visually, this concept draws its inspiration from the iconic BMW Turbo as well as the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid. It also features futuristic design elements such as the low-slung, wedge-shape silhouette, gull-wing doors and a very interesting color scheme – the front and rear ends are finished in Thrilling Orange, whereas the rest of the car features a Cast Silver metallic paintwork.

Other fascinating exterior design details include the Laser Wire headlights, the blade-shaped air intake below the kidney grille, recycled carbon fiber side skirts, three-dimensional multi-spoke wheels, a clearly sculpted profile and a low-slung rear end with Laser Wire taillights and a BMW M1-like rear window.

Inside, there is facial recognition technology, allowing the car to unlock automatically when the driver approaches. By pressing the touch sensor on the gull-wing doors, a minimalist interior is revealed.

“The entire interior is focused on the BOOST Pod. The geometry has a deliberately low-key feel so that the driver can concentrate fully on the driving experience,” says Domagoj Dukec, VP of BMW Design.

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The BOOST Pod represents the interface between the driver and vehicle, giving the former all the control options and information he or she might need using three distinct visual tiers positioned in their field of view – two of them placed behind a steering wheel that even K.I.T.T would be envious of. The third is the full-surface Augmented Reality Head-Up Display, which is in the windshield.

As for materials, they range from woven synthetic fibers to anodized titanium and painted surfaces. BMW kept the use of leather to a minimum on purpose, which is why it can only be found on surfaces that the driver’s and passenger’s hands touch directly (steering wheel, door grab handles). The rest of the cabin is upholstered in a Midnight Blue microfiber fabric, which actually looks and feels similar to leather. As a finishing touch, there are Thrilling Orange contrasting inserts found throughout.

How fast does it go?

In the end, it always comes down to performance, especially with these types of vehicles. The BMW Vision M Next features a Power PHEV drive system that offers the choice between electric all-wheel drive and pure rear-wheel drive, with either all-electric propulsion or petrol power courtesy of a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit.

In total, the concept has a maximum system output of 441 kW (600 PS / 592 HP) which translates into a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h). In a straight line, it can accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just three seconds flat. As for its range in all-electric mode, that would be 62 miles (100 km), making this car suitable for city centers with zero-emissions zones.


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  • Matteo Tommasi

    Not sure

  • Nissan may want their front R35 fender back….

  • Richard Taylor

    Bold, but somehow boring.

    • 2PacOfCarscoop

      like your hat…

  • Ary Wisesa

    Super cool…. But I do really wish BMW could add more dramatic lines to make its presence stronger. The M1 was truly spectacular in its era, and the BMW M1 Hommage Concept carried on its aura. For the flagship of all M cars, this is rather subdued and needs more flare.

    Perhaps they could borrow some ideas from Lamborghini Veneno or Pagani?

    • Stephen G

      They did borrow some ideas from Lamborghini Veneno and Pagani. Ideas on what not to do.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Chris Bangle must laugh at this. It’s hardy progressive or futuristic.
    BMW falling into the US muscle-car trap reminiscing about the good ol’ days. Looking backward whilst trying to walk forward is never a good idea.It smacks of a design ideas drought.

  • roy

    The problem is that this looks like a hurracan

  • driv3r

    It looks hardly progressive or futuristic. More like a good mix of M1 with i8 elements plus some added Opel GT concept red styling elements and a rather Lamborghini rear. I’d rather go for the Audi PB18 e-tron which is way more progressive yet recognizable as an Audi. Plus: Hows that Hybrid-powertrain exactly “next”? The Audi is fully electric. The MB SLS Electric Drive was fully electric years ago.
    C’mon BMW… even your 5 series “BEV Power Trial” sedan has a more futuristic power train than this “next” thing… If thats really the future of BMW M, oh lord…

  • Mike anonymous

    I Personally Liked BMW Concepts Such As The BMW Efficient Dynamics Concept & BMW M1/M1 Homage Concepts.
    This was during a time when BMW design was (apart from being led by a complete different team of designers who either left Around 2013-2015 or ‘resigned’, ) in a different mindset. I am not going to say I dislike or like this newer M concept, but; “It certainly feels much more like a contemporary work of modern art, than a vision from and/or of the future“.

    BMW Design during the 2000s’ was when BMW design was at it’s best during the 21st century, leading and inspiring design for generations to come and industries around the world, From their concepts such as the CS, VED, & M1 Concepts, to their production vehicles such as; The 6-Series, X6, & Z4, & Even beautiful classics such as the Z8.
    Whilst it is not a bad concept, and people clearly worked hard to bring it to life,.. I do believe (in my personal opinion) BMW should look to produce their older ‘visions of the future’ of yesteryear, and bring those to life, now that the technology required to do so is here.

    While we all may have Our own opinions, & I absolutely LOVE both of these concepts (VED & M1) (now 10 and 11 years old) As they are some of my favorite automotive designs period. I just am looking for a vehicle from BMW in their modern Era that makes me feel the same way I once & still did about these vehicles.

    • Rahul Mandala

      You’re not wrong. You make some very solid and great points. BMW design did peek 10-11 years ago. I’m not saying that BMW design today is bad or anything, seeing as their cars are still handsome in some cars like the 3er, 5er, X5, X1, X7, etc. They (BMW) should turn the needle even more in their design. A bold, dramatic, yet timeless design is what’s needed. Perhaps, they need to hire a better designer. Make amazing sports cars as well as exotics with drama. The steering department should also add the drama that any E chassis BMW ever had and perfect even more. Handling, Chassis, Ride quality shall also be more world class. Build quality is great as is and is perhaps getting even more brilliant. Engine department should also produce great engines, perhaps return to Natural Aspiration and make the Turbocharged engines sound amazing with a sick exhaust setup. Also, Finally, BMW needs to take a page from Porsche’s book and look to making cars lightweight. I still love BMW today, but they still can go ways forward to stand out. I want them to keep succeeding.

      • Nordschleife

        Is it the designers or is it corporate BMW who may be stifling the designers? That’s my take on that.

        • Rahul Mandala

          I feel like its gotta be the designers. Sizing the grills and all. They need to tone down the grills for sure. Corporate would never put a hand on the BMWs design and once again need to be more classic and timeless with a dash of drama.

          • Nordschleife

            See I disagree. I actually like the refreshed 7 and X7 and what not. If the grilles are the only concern so be it. but the concept 8 looked amazing with it grille. Unfortunately BMW has so many signatures (kidney grille, kink) that its hard to always design around that. And let be honest. Cars are bigger with each generation so things have to scaled up. Maybe not the proportions they are now but they do have to increase or it will be all headlight or all bumper to help fill the face in.

          • Rahul Mandala

            You also have great points, what I tried saying was that some people complained too much on the design and other matters, that it changed my view on the entire BMW subject. I still love the new BMW designs and agree with your comment. I’m still vouching for better, classic and timeless designs going forward. I have nothing against cars scaling up in size. I just want the signatures to be either properly fitted or reduced to make it better. I have no problems with the grills. The reason why it seemed like I was complaining on the grills, was because of every single person always complaining about the grills.

  • Bo Hanan

    I’m all for running away from the i8, but- not to this. That design is dull and doesn’t move the needle forward at all.

  • Toss

    That’s a Huracan with kidneys..and without balls.

    • Bo Hanan

      Well said!

    • Zandit75

      How can you insult the Huracan like that??!!

    • NoSnarkHere

      The Gallardo did this straight line wedge shape even more exact. Loved that.

  • Eagle By Singer

    The future does not look bright for BMW’s M division

  • donald seymour

    This is the Bangle’s dilemma. Chris Bangle once said that we are approaching a huge debacle in era of designing mid-engine cars. Bangle’s statement to Jason Castriota paraphrased was,” What does your design do different? How is the over all proportions different from any other mid-engine car?” And I say this to say we should understand that the mid-engine shape has only gone so far. So, in that we will see a lot of unintentional and intentional design cues run over from every manufacturer, hence why this rear end appears to be Lamborghinist in design. That being said I like it. It doesn’t scream anything different, but I’m okay with that.

    • Astonman

      I remember that video!

      • donald seymour

        Cool. I remembered it because they started real deal beefing with one another on site. Chris Bangle posed a thought provoking question and statement on the status of mid-engine cars of today. That was ten years ago.

        • exeptor

          Bangle was highly criticized in his BMW era, but at least his creations had soul – especially the 7-th series (while a bit uglier compared to the current gen, it still was more interesting to look than the present BMWs). By saying this I don’t want to go back or stick in the past, but just recognising someone’s work.

          • donald seymour


  • sidewaysspin

    Not bad for an early 1980’s prototype.

  • SteersUright

    Good lord that’s every bit as ugly as the i8.

  • Cool guy

    TURRDDDDD!!!!!!!!! MEGA TURDD!!!!! GJ BMW!!!!


    • Six Thousand Times

      More guys grill kidneys than I’d ever imagined.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    It’s pretty cool. M1 meets DeLorean. It’s not memorable, though. I’ll forget about it in a week.

  • Astonman

    If you look at picture 74, you can compare the drawing to the finished product. While granted the renderings always look over the top, this one didn’t and the finished model doesn’t capture the sinewy line of the crease that crosses the door and extends itself to the rear. In the rendering, there’s more arc to it giving a curvaceous sexy look. The finished product looks brick-like with sharp structured lines. Kinda boring…

  • Tan Lee

    A lot of clever design cues here. I like the grill that forms the raised shapes in the bonnet that then turns in to vents. The rear has taken cues from M1 with the double BMW badges and the rear quarter vents. The double drivers display mimics the kidney grills. I like the fact that BMW have toned down their designs, it’s been a long time of flames surfacing and all sorts.

    This car can easily be made too as long as they are prepared to use Rimac gear. EV is the only way that this car can survive in this current market even the R8 is going EV. Such an extravagant car can really only be sold in China right?

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’ve never grilled a kidney. Not into specialty meats.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Cool. The M1 of the electric future. Grace Jones lookalike not included.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Another kidney griller! This must be a thing.

  • Sjaak

    Roofline pays tribute to the 2003 BERTONE BIRUSA. Can’t help it, but i like the Bertone so much more…

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