With a day before its official U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the fellows at MotorAuthority give us a computer generated image based on the BMW’s latest concept: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics.
Similar to the first renderring we posted a few months back, the CGI show us how a two-seater BMW sports car showcasing all of the firm’s most sophisticated environmental technology, could look like and the outcome, is quite promising.
The stunning glass side doors have been replaced by regular suicide doors since industry regulations are very strict when it comes to passengers’ safety. Some slight changes take place at the rear-end as well.
BMW Vision Concept is the latest implementation of the EfficientDynamics philosophy. The hybrid powertrain provides a top speed limited electronically to 155 mph, with acceleration to 62mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds.
The power and performance are made possible by combining a fuel-efficient 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbodiesel with one electric motor on each axle. The intelligent combination of these units, together with precisely controlled energy management, simultaneously enhances the dynamic performance and the efficiency of the car. Overall system output is 356 horsepower, and peak torque is 590 lb-ft.
Design wise, the chassis and suspension of BMW Vision EfficientDynamics are made completely of aluminum; the roof and the outer skin on the doors are made almost completely of a special polycarbonate glass automatically darkening as a function of the light shining on the car. Measuring 181.1″ in length, 74.8″ in width and 48.8″ in height, this unique concept car offers ample space for up to four passengers and their luggage. Thanks to the consistent lightweight construction strategy applied on the car, curb weight is 3,076 lb.
For the first time, BMW features their layering design approach, both inside and outside and the Vision Concept designers gave us an insight on this just a few days ago.
Stay tuned for updated photos tomorrow, live from the Los Angeles Auto Show 2009.
[Source: MotorAuthority ]