BMW unveiled the much-awaited X3M and X4M crossovers recently, and has promised to bring them to the Shanghai Motor Show in April. The two SUVs aim to deliver a driving experience similar to the M3 and M4, claims the company.
The BMW X4M and X3M will start making their way to dealerships starting September 2019. BMW has five more dedicated models from the M division in the pipeline, including the brand-new M8 Coupe, Cabriolet and Gran Coupe, and new X5M and X6M iterations for 2019.
BMW claims these two crossovers aim to deliver the same driving feel as the M3 and M4, albeit with a higher seating position for all.
The design house claims the Battista will have “twice the output of a Formula One car”, pegging the figure around 1,900hp. It will be able to hit the ton in a scant two seconds flat and 300kph in less than 12 seconds. Pininfarina is referring to the Battista as “the most powerful Italian performance car ever”.
Ex-BMW and Audi boss Michael Perschke now heads the firm. He says the hypercar’s range will be at least 450km. The company is also looking at providing a charging system that can replenish the battery to 80 percent in just 40 minutes or less. While Automobili Pininfarina is headquartered in Munich, Germany, the Battista will be “handmade in Italy” at the firm’s facility just outside Turin. The electric hypercar will go on sale in autumn 2020, priced between $2-2.5 million.
Luca Borgogno, design head at Automobili Pininfarina said that the Battista marks the debut of a new design language dubbed Pura. The design ethos will place an emphasis on elegance and simplicity as opposed to the aggressive, modernist aesthetic that is currently trending among supercar manufacturers.
Although off-road performance was not BMW M's focus with the X4M and X3M, they perform surprisingly well off the beaten path, claims the company.
Pininfarina is pinning its hopes on the Battista to boost its maker’s badge as a stand-alone marque. The company has already mapped out a three-stage production plan. In summary, a carbon fibre-clad, simplistically designed, elegant Italian electric hypercar with minimalist yet modern interiors: that’s what the Pininfarina Battista will be. Have a look at the video below to see Paolo Farina describing the car’s long-awaited launch.