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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics prototype on the road
Plug-in hybrid can travel 31 miles on battery power alone

Just over a year ago, BMW unveiled its Vision Efficient Dynamics sports car concept. The concept featured outlandish styling, gull-wing doors, and a 2+2 passenger configuration. As one of our readers put it, "Looks nice… but of course they, they'll never build it."

Well, BMW announced today that they will indeed bring a production version of the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept to the market. BMW states that the concept received an overwhelmingly positive reception while it was on display and that a case was made to actually produce the vehicle.

The concept version of the vehicle is powered by a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine which combines with a hybrid synchronous electric motor to deliver 328 hp. BMW says that the vehicle is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and can achieve 75.1 mpg on the European cycle.

Thanks to its lithium-polymer battery pack, the car can travel just over 30 miles on battery power alone, and has a total driving range of 434 miles.

"By developing a sports car based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study for serial production, the Munich-based premium automobile manufacturer underscores its position as a global leader in the production of sporty vehicles with exemplary efficiency," stated BMW in a press release.

All current models are fitted as standard with extensive measures for the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The innovations used for this purpose are based on the development strategy BMW EfficientDynamics, which also includes BMW ActiveHybrid technology as well as purely electrical drive systems."

BMW doesn't have an exact launch date for the vehicle, but when it does arrive, Autoblog states that the vehicle will have a price tag of around $200,000.



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oh boy
By dubldwn on 11/5/2010 2:13:15 PM , Rating: 5
You had me until "$200,000."




RE: oh boy
By solarrocker on 11/5/2010 2:38:33 PM , Rating: 5
Same here, almost choked in my coke when I read it.

$200,000 are they bloody nuts? That car worth maybe max half of that.

Unless it comes with its own flux capacitor.


RE: oh boy
By SublimeSimplicity on 11/5/2010 2:52:37 PM , Rating: 5
It's actually a very economically sound idea to buy one. Consider this: If you drive a Hummer that gets 12mpg and gas goes up to $100 per gallon, this bimmer will pay for itself in under 25 years.


RE: oh boy
By solarrocker on 11/5/10, Rating: -1
RE: oh boy
By piteq on 11/5/2010 3:10:23 PM , Rating: 4
Seriously, in HTML5 specification there should be <irony> tag ;)


RE: oh boy
By inighthawki on 11/5/2010 3:31:16 PM , Rating: 5
maybe you missed the part in his comment that said:
quote:
and gas goes up to $100 per gallon

clearly implying a joke.


RE: oh boy
By solarrocker on 11/5/2010 3:39:41 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, missed that one.

All may boink me on the head now and bring my posts down to -1.


RE: oh boy
By The Insolent One on 11/5/2010 8:42:08 PM , Rating: 2
Done.

lol.


RE: oh boy
By arazok on 11/5/2010 3:37:25 PM , Rating: 2
Does it come in blue?


RE: oh boy
By Flunk on 11/5/2010 4:02:32 PM , Rating: 3
Considering that "entry level" BMWs cost $50,000 and "mid-range" BMWs cost $100,000 it's not surprising at all. BMW just makes expensive cars for rich people who don't know how to drive properly (at least from my experience).


RE: oh boy
By IcePickFreak on 11/5/2010 6:31:33 PM , Rating: 4
I hear they may include new features like... turn signals. That'll mark a first for BMW.


RE: oh boy
By priusone on 11/6/2010 1:45:42 AM , Rating: 2
Or at $200,000 a butler in the back seat to activate the turn signal before Mr Banks runs the person next to him off the road.

Either way, I've smashed my fair share of BMW's who didn't understand the con cept of "right of way". I don't care how much your car cost, the vehicle with a turret and a trigger happy gunner = right of way.


RE: oh boy
By Fritzr on 11/6/2010 10:20:15 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm Greyhound Busnaught vs Biker Gang with handlebar mounted 50 cals ... sometimes the turret can lose :P


RE: oh boy
By rudy on 11/5/2010 11:12:45 PM , Rating: 2
Entry BMWs cost 30K not 50K


RE: oh boy
By michael67 on 11/8/2010 8:43:19 AM , Rating: 2
You should come to Germany and have a look how they drive here on the Autobahn, they know how to drive those car even at 155mph.

Do, if you dont behave, the German Autobahn Polizei, will litterly drive you of the road if you dont follow there signals quick enough.

I have driven cars all over the world but German Autobahn drivers are among the best in the world, including the BMW's


well
By rudy on 11/5/2010 2:15:05 PM , Rating: 3
As with nearly all concept cars the production version will be extremely bland compared to the concept so it probably does not matter.




RE: well
By The Insolent One on 11/5/2010 2:33:25 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
As with nearly all concept cars the production version will be extremely bland compared to the concept so it probably does not matter.


I wish you were wrong, but it's soo true. In nearly every case when a concept vehicle is drooled over, the manufacturer neuters it and then offers it for sale.

And then when they don't sell a lot of them, they chalk it up to "people don't buy cars that are too forward looking".


RE: well
By lyeoh on 11/8/2010 2:01:04 AM , Rating: 3
Some changes are justifiable though.

For example the gull wing doors. Many think they look nice. But they don't work so well if someone parks next to you close enough so you can't swing the doors fully open.

Not easy to squeeze in/out the car if the largest door gap faces _downwards_.

Concept vehicles often need to be modified or "neutered" because of such practical considerations.


RE: well
By Marlonsm on 11/5/2010 2:37:15 PM , Rating: 2
For $200 000 I don't think it will be so common looking.
But I'm sure it won't be that ground-breaking.


RE: well
By Spuke on 11/5/2010 9:01:35 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
But I'm sure it won't be that ground-breaking.
I don't know, the M1 sure was.


RE: well
By MrTeal on 11/5/2010 2:59:23 PM , Rating: 2
I would hope they would bland it down a little from concept paint scheme. That has to be the most hideous paint job since a Dodge Aries spray-paint black with yellow racing stripes by a 16 year old.


Who's Next?
By Simp on 11/5/2010 3:41:07 PM , Rating: 2
BMW has this, Porsche has their 918 Spyder, and Jaguar has the C-X75 turbine(!!) hybrid. Mercedes up next with a hybrid supercar?




RE: Who's Next?
By KIAman on 11/5/2010 5:12:52 PM , Rating: 3
Mercedes already has one. It's called the Mercedes SLS E-Cell. It's basically a hybrid powertrain thrown into their SLS.


RE: Who's Next?
By Spuke on 11/5/2010 9:02:36 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Mercedes already has one. It's called the Mercedes SLS E-Cell. It's basically a hybrid powertrain thrown into their SLS.
That one's pure EV not a hybrid.


Expensive for a reason
By TimberJon on 11/5/2010 8:46:57 PM , Rating: 2
1) It's a BMW
2) It's a popular concept
3) It's a media magnet, and they want to look the best
4) They are appropriately using high tech and lightweight unconventional materials. The approx. curb weight is in the 3000lb range. That is pretty damn light.
5) The lightweight chassis is made mainly from aluminum. The windshield, top, doors and fenders are made from polycarbonate glass, with the body having a drag coefficient of 0.22 (Wiki quote from R&T article)
6) Power to weight, and Drag CoE. Worth the price if you can afford it.

Check out other cars Drag Co-Efficients here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automobile_drag_coeff...




RE: Expensive for a reason
By makken on 11/5/2010 11:15:19 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt very many of this car's intended buyers actually care about the drag coefficient. Sport cars in general don't tune for a low drag CoE; their aerodynamics are much more concerned with generating downforce (for grip) and cooling (eg. channeling air to the brakes) than efficiency.


RE: Expensive for a reason
By TimberJon on 11/8/2010 12:02:29 PM , Rating: 2
I will agree with the intended buyers bit, though you have to concede that many wealthy buyers have the time to get "into the green" and afford new-age high-tech eco-friendly things. Some people are really open, buying hybrids instead of Bentleys just to make a statement.

This also isn't a 'general' sports car. So it must be tuned differently. They are engineering a vehicle that is first, economical in terms of fuel consumption vs: mileage. To get the mileage part they have to focus a bit of engineering on the aerodynamics and so balancing just those things is important. More aerodynamic, less drag, yet just enough downforce and adequate cooling to all motors and brakes. The VTG or VGT was an obvious and excellent choice which I applaud.

The whole project is dubbed "Efficient Dynamics". I'm not trying to say that CoE is all that should be cared about, but it reflects the level and quality of design in the other areas of importance.

I don't think it is designed for something like the Nurburgring, but I'd like to see this car tackle it.


lol
By meepstone on 11/5/2010 3:03:27 PM , Rating: 2
I love thow BMW said the reception for the concept car was good enough to actually put it in production but they are going to make it so expensive that no one will buy it. Very CLEVER!




RE: lol
By fteoath64 on 11/10/2010 7:09:27 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, enough people buying it to make it worthwhile for BMW. Then,they can work on diluting the design into cheaper consumer variants.

I am still curious as to the power output of the 3-cyl turbo-diesel. My guess is 128HP and 200 HP for the electric motor. Then a substaintial battery pack is needed but there is not enough space in there ....


Doesn't look safe
By ShaolinSoccer on 11/6/2010 12:53:01 AM , Rating: 2
Looks like it could get run over by "anything" if hit from the side? Or imagine sliding sideways into a tree? Game over man!




RE: Doesn't look safe
By fteoath64 on 11/10/2010 7:23:04 AM , Rating: 2
Dear in mind that Europe has the highest standard in "crash-worthiness" laws for both pedestrians and car occupants. So,I expect pretty serious side-impact aluminum bars be placed on doors. As the glass is highly tinted, it will not be visible outside. In-side a roll-cage style cocoon is likely. I figured there will be less glass area as in this picture, all in the name of safety!.


CO2
By acsa77 on 11/8/2010 2:50:43 AM , Rating: 3
If we look behind this price based on the usual CO2-emission due to physical processes and due to the consumption potential of the labor, then this car is not green at all. Regardless of the consumption. A cheap, simple, fuel efficient car is far more greener. Even more greener is to use a 10-year-old quality car with average fuel efficiency up to 20 years. This avoids unnecessary CO2 footprint.

If you use a car with 30mpg for 300000 miles, that means 10000 gallons - only around 30000$ (in EU the twice). Even maintenance is not horrible.




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