BMW Group is hinting at plans for a new driving-oriented sports coupe with the introduction of the Vision M Next, a low-slung, two-door plug-in hybrid concept that previews the brand's design and technology roadmap.
The Vision M Next follows BMW's Vision iNext large SUV concept, which debuted in September.
Whereas the Vision iNext concept was an incubator of hands-free autonomous driving technologies, the Vision M Next is a decidedly hands-on driving experience.
"The BMW Vision M Next provides a glimpse into the future of sporty driving," BMW Group design boss Adrian van Hooydonk said in a statement. It "demonstrates how state-of-the-art technology can … make the experience of driving yourself purer and more emotionally engaging," Hooydonk said.
The Vision M Next's wedge-shaped silhouette and gullwing doors hint at the BMW i8's DNA.
The front design is a modern representation of classic BMW features -- the kidney grille and four-eyed front end. Large air intakes and a front spoiler made from recycled carbon bring a racecar aesthetic. The outer curves of the kidney grille openings are reminiscent of a turbine's air intake.
The Vision M Next 's headlights are positioned on the outer edges of the front end, higher up than the kidney grille. The headlights feature what BMW refers to as laser wire lighting technology. Glass fibers coated with phosphorous produce headlight elements with a super-slim form.