Don't worry, this isn't such a bad thing.
According to BMW's vice president for engineering, Dirk Hacker, the future of the brand's M performance cars will be hybrid. At last months Detroit Auto Show, Hacker told Auto Express, "We will look at electrification – I think it could be inevitable – but it depends on the possibility of increasing performance.” This is not a bad thing. Basically, BMW will take the LaFerrari route to electrification. Hacker says that "our customers are not interested in driving without the combustion engine." This is very good news indeed.
Like the LaFerrari, hybrid M cars would only be able to be driven with the engine active. The hybrid drivetrain would be there just to increase performance. If the McLaren P1, Porsche 918, and Ferrari LaFerrari are any indication of how fast hybrid cars can be, hybrid Ms could actually be awesome. BMW has already made the M cars less "pure" by adding turbochargers and switching to electric steering. So hybrid technology, while new for M cars, isn't totally breaking with the automaker's recent focus on tech-aided driving. So, how do you feel about the change in BMW M cars? Do you think that hybrids will be good for the performance brand? Or do you think that BMW is making another big mistake?