Everyone knows the future of the automobile is electrified. As a result, it's inevitable that even pure sports cars will eventually have to swap their gasoline engines for battery-powered drivetrains.
And with increasingly strict regulations, that's going to happen sooner than we think, if the trend continues, of course. One never knows, the future may yet hold surprises.
For now, BMW, where electrification is already well underway, has its performance division preparing for what's next. That will come under the leadership of returning M boss Frank van Meel, who previously headed the division from 2015 to 2018. Between 2019 and 2021, he worked on the development of the iX and the electrified 7 Series. His return to M will allow the performance branch to benefit from his expertise in electrification.
In fact, the XM model will be the first to debut, with production scheduled to begin in late 2022. The parallel question to all the changes remained, of course, what will be the last M vehicle to use only an internal combustion engine? van Meel confirmed to German outlet Bimmer Today that it will be the 2023 M2.