Electric cars are seen as our cleaner, quieter future, although a new video from the BMW iNext contradicts half of that premise. The video briefly shows the all-electric SUV riding the Nurburgring, and it’s silent. He howls in the fast turns of the track. No, it doesn’t detonate an artificial exhaust note, the driver pushes it and the tires aren’t happy.
In fact, an iNext making so much noise in public would quickly attract the wrath of local police, and pushing the heavy SUV so hard on public streets would be dangerous. But on the Nürburgring, such lively driving allows BMW to test the vehicle to its limits. The Automotive Mike YouTube channel video still shows the model wrapped in camouflage and subtle trim, though BMW has already shown the large grille, or “eye,” for the new model.
The video also shows the model cruising on twisty two-lane roads, where it is much quieter. We doubt there are a lot of iNexts on local circuits, although BMW gives it a lot of power. It will be available with three horsepower: 308 hp (229 kilowatts), 522 hp (389 kW) and 610 hp (454 kW). However, the power will have to move a lot of weight – the batteries are not light. BMW claims that a single charge will provide up to 373 miles (600 kilometers) of range, although this uses Europe’s generous WLTP cycle.
Surprisingly, even though BMW has started teasing the model, we don’t know when we’ll see it or when it will hit dealerships; however, it is believed that the iNext will go on sale next year. The iNext will be packed with technologies, including a level 3 semi-autonomous driving capability, which still requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. It could feature other cool tech as well, like controllable levels of side window tint.