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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Supercar

By luanpa in | May 25, 2010 | (4) Comments

BMW revealed the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept at 2009 Frankfurt auto show, it is future performance-oriented models in a spectacularly styled concept car, which the combination of M3-rivaling acceleration and Mini Cooper-beating fuel economy.

The new concept is designed by plug-in hybrid drive technology, while featuring a variety of futuristic styling, packaging, aerodynamic, lighting and interior ideas under development at the German carmaker’s heavily cloaked FIZ development center in Munich. Many of the concepts are planned for use on upcoming BMW road cars, including an exciting Z10 EfficientDynamics range-topping model due by 2015.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept is an advanced diesel-electric hybrid system, equiped with two electric motors with a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbodiesel engine, together producing 356 horsepower, and it will first appear in the second-generation 1-series due in 2011. The front-mounted engine features a gutsy 163 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, making it more powerful than the latest and most-economical version of BMW’s existing turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It channels drive to the rear wheels via a version of the Getrag-developed six-speed dual-clutch gearbox introduced on the M3.

The electric motor for the rear wheels produces 25 kilowatts and 214 lb-ft of torque, but is capable of up to 38 kilowatts for short bursts. The motor driving the front wheels delivers 60 kilowatts and 162 lb-ft of torque, but can supply up to 104 kilowatts momentarily. Altogether, the combined diesel-electric powertrain is good for 356 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

This endows the 3,069-lb concept with a power-to-weight ratio close to that of 4.0-liter, 420-hp V8-powered M3, and with a comparable 4.8-second 0-to-62-mph time, according to BMW. At the same time, BMW says its hybrid concept should be good for a combined fuel-economy rating of 90.2 mpg.

Electricity comes from plugging into to the grid, or from regenerative braking and coasting. Recharging is estimated at 2.5 hours at 220 volts, or just 44 minutes at 380 volts. The 187-lb lithium-polymer battery pack produces up to 364 volts and has a storage capacity of 10.8 kilowatt-hours. Depending on the driving conditions, the Vision EfficientDynamics is engineered to run exclusively on its electric motors, the diesel engine or a combination of diesel and electric motors. Maximum range in pure electric mode is estimated at 31 miles, with the diesel engine offering an additional 400 miles.

BMW has never confirmed future plans to build a new supercar, but there are some indications that a high-end sportscar will follow in the future. At the same time, it is unlikely that a replica of the Vision Concept would make it into production, due to the same passenger/pedestrian regulations we’re been hearing about, but the technology powering the concept is ready for prime time.




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4 responses to "BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept Supercar"

  1. mr rudi oneil says:

    Lovely car, although I don’t know why BMW felt the need to photograph an attractive woman getting out of it in a glade situated just outside hell.

  2. What a car!!! It looks amazing!

  3. Great photo man, sometimes I just find myself watching your reviews when I got nothing to do. Keep it up.
    Thank you.

  4. Amy says:

    Great photo man, sometimes I just find myself watching your reviews when I got nothing to do. Keep it up.
    Thank you.