BMW M Considering Standalone Models To Fight Mercedes-AMG

Joanna Estrada
June 20, 2019

Speaking to an global news outlet, new BMW M head Markus Flasch said that the performance division was assessing the feasibility of stand-alone models.

BMW M not going wit a range-topping supercar or hypercar ties in with comments Flasch made earlier in June, where he suggested that BMW M didn't need a supercar because the new M8 already offers supercar-like performance.

Speaking to motoring.com.au, BMW M boss Markus Flasch said the new models could "potentially" be developed from the ground up, rather than being based on existing mainstream variants (like the M3 is based on the 3 Series).

The new M auto is still very much in the early stages of study, but the company could have the vehicle approved before M's 50th anniversary in 2022. Though Flasch's ideas about electrification and all-wheel drive will likely irk numerous brand's loyalists, the M boss seems to have the determination to revive its hallowed status. Car Sales said it understands Flasch is the leading figure behind the exploratory push, but the exec wouldn't be drawn out on what kind of variants, nor how many, that M is investigating.

"It has to fit our character, a combination of precision, agility and luxury". He didn't reveal when we'll see a standalone M vehicle break cover, but it sounds like it's more of a when than an if. And Mercedes-AMg too has seen good success with its GT range of bespoke offerings.

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