Buckle up for fake shifts: BMW M's electric future gets a gear lever

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Gearheads, rejoice! The iconic BMW M performance division is taking the plunge into the electric vehicle (EV) world, and it's bringing a surprising feature along for the ride: simulated gear shifts. That's right, inspired by the well-received Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, BMW M's first high-performance EV will offer the sensation of gear changes despite wielding a single-speed electric motor.

This news comes courtesy of Frank van Meel, CEO of BMW M. In an interview, van Meel acknowledged the importance of driver engagement, particularly the feeling of connection provided by traditional gear changes. Electric vehicles, with their instant torque and smooth acceleration, can feel a bit detached in comparison.

To address this, BMW M is developing a system that mimics gear shifts. This could involve feedback through the steering wheel or pedals, along with possible auditory cues that mimic gear changes. The goal is to create a more engaging and thrilling driving experience for those who crave the performance feel of a traditional sports car.

BMW M's EV ambitions

While details about the upcoming electric M car are scarce, we do know it's expected to arrive around 2027. It will likely be a sports sedan similar to the iconic M3, built on a new platform specifically designed for EVs. Rumors suggest a monstrous quad-motor powertrain exceeding a mind-blowing 1,341 horsepower!

The Rise of Engaging EVs

BMW isn't the only automaker recognizing the need for driver engagement in EVs. Hyundai's Ioniq 5 N, with its simulated gear changes and sporty driving dynamics, has been praised for offering a unique experience in the electric realm. This trend suggests a future where EVs aren't just about efficiency, but about capturing the thrill of the road as well.

The Takeaway

BMW M's first electric car promises to be a game-changer. With its monstrous power output and innovative simulated gear shifts, it aims to bridge the gap between exhilarating performance and sustainable technology. This development signifies a future where electric vehicles can deliver pulse-pounding excitement alongside environmental responsibility.

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