The highly appealing BMW M3 Sedan available since the end of last year in India will not spawn a more practical Touring version as BMW M chief Frank van Meel estimates there wouldn’t be enough demand to justify the development costs. Many people will disagree with this statement since launching an M3 Touring doesn’t take a lot of engineering work as the number of modifications made to the regular M3 wouldn’t be that comprehensive.
Moreover, in reality there is a market for high-performance compact premium wagons and the best examples are the Mercedes-AMG C63 / C63 S Estate and the Audi RS4 Avant which both enjoy a great deal of success all over the world.
As for the possibility of seeing a fully-fledged BMW M7, Frank van Meel says that won’t happen either because the Bavarian marque considers the 7-Series a full-size model oriented mostly towards luxury rather than being a sporty sedan. As a consequence, they believe it wouldn’t make sense to develop an M7, even though Mercedes-Benz has the very popular V8-powered S63 & V12-powered S65 AMG duo.
Although there will never be an M7 based on the latest generation 7-Series, there is going to be an all-new Alpina B7 which according to BMW director of product planning Paul Ferraiolo will do the job just fine. Prototypes of the tuned 7-Series have already been caught on camera and it is believed the model will come with an evolution of the twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter engine that will produce more than 600 bhp and 800 Nm of torque. The 0-100 kmph should take just over four seconds before topping out at an estimated 320 kmph which should fulfill the need for speed of many who wanted a true BMW M7.
Getting back to BMW M chief Frank van Meel, he also says we should expect to see additional M Performance models and there also might be M versions of the X3 and X4 crossovers. As for the M2 Coupe, this will be introduced in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and should go on sale late this year.
Source: Autovisie | Render: X-Tomi Design