Details of the 2022 BMW iM2 have been revealed, and it's set to offer more power than a modern Formula One car.
It seems only fitting the occasion should be commemorated with a one megawatt M car.
Though the model is based on the current rear-wheel-drive 2021 BMW M2 CS, and if approved for production would be based on the next-generation rear-drive 2 Series’ chassis, the battery-powered iM2 uses a total of four electric motors to ensure all of its power gets to the ground.
Known internally as 'Project Katharina', it's expected the BMW iM2 will offer a 0-100km/h time of less than 2.5 seconds.
Sources familiar with the project have reportedly told the UK's Car Magazine the 1MW BMW iM2 is capable of inducing wheelspin at more than 120km/h, even in the dry.
Furthermore, it's said the car can lap Germany's legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in around 6 minutes and 50 seconds – faster than than the recently-released, track-focused Porsche 911 GT3.
Above: Renderings of what the BMW iM2 and iM4 could look like, created by Andrei Avarvarii for Car magazine.
While 'Katharina' has yet to get the final stamp of approval from BMW management, it's understood the car maker is exploring the possibility of offering a limited production run for public consumption.
Though details are thin on the ground, insiders have said to expect rear seat deletion, carbon-fibre roof and panels, thinner glass, and light-weight alloy wheels.
Whether or not the iM2 makes it to production, sources say its technology will trickle down into a 450kW BMW iM4, powered by a 120kWh battery pack.
BMW has yet to release details on the new electric i4, but earlier industry rumours pointed towards three variants initially: the i4 eDrive35, the i4 eDrive40, and the range-topping i4 M50.
Up until now, it was unknown whether BMW was pursuing a full-fat M version of the i4, or whether the 390kW i4 M50 would be the flagship performance model.
"On the high-performance battery electric technology, there is still some time that we need until technology is ready and can take it on with an existing high performance car, like an M3 or M4," BMW M CEO Markus Flasch told Australian media in September 2020.
“This will take some more time, but we’re working on that."