BMW is looking into ways to make M-badged EVs provide more feedback.

BMW is looking into ways to make M-badged EVs provide more feedback.

BMW is actively exploring ways to enhance the driving experience of its future M-badged electric vehicles (EVs) to provide more feedback similar to their internal-combustion counterparts. The company believes that driving EVs on a racetrack requires additional sensory input, especially for performance-focused models.

Taking inspiration from Hyundai’s recently unveiled Ioniq 5 N, which offers simulated gearchanges and emulates the sound of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, BMW M CEO Frank van Meel appreciates Hyundai’s approach. He confirmed that BMW is also investigating similar concepts to ensure that its upcoming fully electric M car offers a more engaging driving experience with better driver feedback.

Although specific details about BMW’s future M-badged EV remain undisclosed, the company has revealed its ongoing development of a quad-motor prototype using a widebody i4 as a test mule. By having a motor at each wheel, BMW aims to precisely control power delivery and send instant torque to individual wheels, a capability unique to electric vehicles. However, van Meel acknowledges that electric motors alone might not deliver the same sensation of speed experienced in internal-combustion engine (ICE) performance cars. This feedback is crucial, especially on a racetrack.

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Van Meel pointed out that a traditional ICE car with multiple gears and engine sounds offers drivers a clear sense of speed and engine revs. In contrast, a single-gear electric car with a consistent sound might not provide the same level of feedback. BMW is actively seeking solutions to address this challenge.

One potential solution involves simulating gearchanges, similar to Hyundai’s N e-shift feature. Additionally, BMW is exploring the use of acoustic cues or vibrations to enhance driver feedback. The company is considering how to create these vibrations and whether the sounds produced will replicate the revving of iconic BMW engines, such as the high-revving V-8 found in the E90 M3 or the brand’s legendary straight-six engines.

While specific details remain undisclosed, it is evident that BMW is not entirely satisfied with the current state of EV performance cars and is committed to improving the driving experience in its future M-badged electric vehicles. Automotive enthusiasts eagerly await how BMW will tackle this challenge and deliver a more engaging and thrilling driving experience in its upcoming electric M models.

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