Exclusive: BMW Vision Concept with Fully Functional Drivetrain

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BMW announced today at BMW plant in Leipzig the serial production of sports car with plug-in hybrid technology. BMW Vision Concept was the star of …

BMW announced today at BMW plant in Leipzig the serial production of sports car with plug-in hybrid technology.

BMW Vision Concept was the star of the Frankfurt international motor show IAA in 2009: a four-seater sports car with charismatic design, fascinating performance figures and unsurpassed efficiency, powered by BMW ActiveHybrid technology and presented under the title BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. With its wide range of completely or virtually production-ready components, this concept study met with an overwhelming response. There was a widespread desire to put the car on the road, and the realization of this desire is moving considerably closer. At the Leipzig trade fair center BMW is presenting a fully road-ready technology showcase vehicle based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study.

BMW sees the concept as the best example of how future sports car should look like: light, efficient, and more important, fast, despite the lower number of horsepower.

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The beautiful VED will be built at the Leipzig plant. According to a BMW executive, the total volume we should expect varies between 5,000 and 10,000 units.

14 responses to “Exclusive: BMW Vision Concept with Fully Functional Drivetrain”

  1. K Harrison says:

    Lame. Slow 0-60. And it’s going to be expensive too I bet. Was hoping for R8 fighter. Fail BMW.

    • Shincai says:

      You don’t get the point of this car.
      Yes it is an R8 Fighter.
      It beats the R8 in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

      just 4.8 seconds required for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h – with an average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle (KV01) of 3.76 litters/100 kilometers, equal to 75.1 mpg imp, and a CO2 emission rating of 99 grams per kilometer (1,3 l/100km and 33g CO2/km; EU-PHEV ECE-R101).

      I guess that explains everything.
      Wake up buddy, the future is near!
      And this car IS the FUTURE!

  2. X5SoB says:

    Really, comparing the R8 to this is apples and oranges, it’s like comparing the R8 to another BMW product at the other end of the spectrum, the Phantom. The fact is, as Shincai points out, the VED is the future, while the R8 is an excellent refinement of the past. I wouldn’t kick the R8 out of bed, but the VED is the one I lust after, and will be trying to purchase this car when it hits the market. Hopefully BMW won’t change it too much, I say, build just the way it is, right down to the wild paint job! Maybe add back some chrome/shiny bits…

  3. Giom says:

    This is trully a landmark car for BMW. I was very sceptical wether or not they’d be able to achieve the concpets’ claims. So, I’m rather releaved to see all this happening. With everything this car accomplish, the competition really has no answere.

    This is so fresh, so new – the first of its kind. In time, the Harrisons of this world will realise what a major leap ahead this car really is.

    There’s still a long road ahead, I suppose, in terms of production readyness, but it will be worth the wait.

  4. Tom says:

    this has to be breathtaking in person. all BMWs are farrrrrr more better in person than in pictures. who knows why. i cant wait to grope this.. ;)

  5. Murph says:

    As far as performance – everyone seems to forget that BMW almost always UNDERRATES performance figures for their cars. Especially M cars.

    As for R8 competition – this thing will blow the R8 out of the water on looks alone.

  6. wazon8 says:

    I wonder what kind of car it gonna be when driven.

  7. John Hietter says:

    Because the car will be so light and well balanced, I bet the handling is incredible! About the power, this is just the very beginning. I am sure this type of engine will get more powerful down the road and besides, you can’t pass judgement on this car until you have driven it. We haven’t even seen one review yet so how can you complain about performance?

  8. T says:

    What is the R8 but a sports car in a segment that propells image and performance. For 15 minutes you have something special and then the next comes along and then the next , till eventually then you become anoymous.

    BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics is bringing the future today , it will be powerful enough but it’s signifigance lies within it’s drivetrain – It is one of a kind.
    And there will be nothing like it when it hits the streets. It fullfills the philosophy of BMW innovative , drivers cars that are truly the Ultimate Driving Machine.

    BMW dont want an R8 because there is one. BMW do not want a SLS AMG because there is one.
    Why do something the same when you can effectively move the goal posts further?
    Vision Efficient Dynamics rewrites the rules on what a Sports car of the future can bring today. What you see is what you will get.

  9. paul says:

    i am slightly aprehensive about this car…sure its futuristic but doesnt look more than that. I mean look at the tesla roadster…probabbly cheaper, its faster and allready in production. Audi also has a similar drivetrain in the works and to be honest i think i would ready be seen in an R4 or R8 than this….i doubt bmw will sell more than 3000 units of this car…10000 its way way too optimistic….

  10. paul says:

    and anyway who would pay so much for a car that sounds like a diesel, has the same tire size as a honda minivan and looks like ur overcompensating 4 something??? sure most of us bmw fans will say “yeah great lookinng, the future is here” but how many of us will actually buy one of these??? thats what i love about my CSL…it looks the part without standing too much out of the crowd but if i want to take a 911 it wont leave me embaressed

  11. Doug says:

    How do these funky side windows work? It looks like a regular window up top, then a tinted window underneath where you would expect some kind of power window mechanism.

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