Exclusive Photos: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics “Full Runner”

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BMW unveiled today at the BMW plant in Leipzig the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics with a fully functional drivetrain. Codename “Full Runner”, the vehicle is based …

BMW unveiled today at the BMW plant in Leipzig the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics with a fully functional drivetrain. Codename “Full Runner”, the vehicle is based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study. BMWBLOG was one of the very few publications invited to experience a ride aboard the exciting concept.

Our first co-ride impressions and what we learned about the Vision Concept are coming up shortly, but before that, let’s recap some of the main points and also see some exclusive photos from the event.

The 2+2-seater is only 1.24 meters tall and embraces the characteristic of a BMW. The design is geared consistently towards aesthetic appeal and dynamic performance. Wing doors facilitate entry to both rows of seats, while extensive aerodynamic measures reduce the drag coefficient to 0.22. The combination of a 3 cylinder 1.5 liter turbo diesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle enables an overall system output of 241 kW/328 horsepower.

Exclusive Photos: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Full Runner

When the car goes into production, it is expected to run from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds, a performance similar to the M3. Not announced in the press release, but revealed to BMWBLOG today is the weight of the car. In this development stage, the Vision Concept weighs around 1,500 kgs.

Fuel consumption is measure at 3.7 liter/100km or approximately 75 MPG. The CO2 emission rating of 99 grams per kilometer has been measured using the conventional cycle.

With its 24 liter diesel tank and the two electric motors, BMW expects a total driving range of up to 700 kilometers. Despite the 2013 date being thrown around, we learned that the car is about three to four years away from production, so we predict a launch date in late 2014.

More information, exclusive news, photos and interviews in our upcoming articles. Stay tuned!

  • bob

    Full Runner does not necessarily mean Ready For Production.

    For one, it seems unlikely that BMW would give a tipoff to their competition — they’re pretty guarded that way.

    Another, would it also pass the safety crash testing with ‘flying colors’ as the F10 recently did?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      No one said production ready. Full Runner means fully functional drivetrain which…will be continuously tested for the next 3 years.

      Still too early to talk about safety regulations, even though we talked to the person in charge of the car and we will publish the interview soon.

      • bob

        That’s my point!

        What we NOW see is not necessarily what we WILL get. In the wake of an impressive 3Q corporate performance, AG is doing a little grandstanding. They’re entitled, IMO.

        So, ironically enough, maybe we should’ve paid a little more heed to ‘dontblogabouthis’.

        Nonetheless, I very much look forward to your interview with, “the person in charge of the car”.

  • Drew

    Again, worst than the official photos. Should just post the official photos.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Thanks again.

      Next time we’ll ask BMW to setup a private session just for us, an entire day where we can sit down, place our tripods, setup the external flashes and umbrellas, get a couple of beers and do a real photoshoot.

      We have so much time at this events to shoot photos that sometimes I wonder why they don’t come out as good as the professional photographers hired by BMW…

      • Doug

        Too much directed light…. the official photos were taken on a cloudy day with lots of ambient light.

  • Laszlo

    I still don’t get it. whats so frikkin great about this ugly concepts. Chevy Volt has better proportions and has been production ready since the last busch era… no car on the road yet. This prototype very well end up in a same shoes too.

    electric cars should be practical and useful. This does not look any of it. Who would buy this car ? Who’s the targeted audience ?

    its got some good styling lines but the whole as a vehicle is a very early prototype style. a supercar with 1.5l turbo diesel engine ? ahem… no fear R8 then.

    • wazon8

      Why should eletric car be practical and useful? It embodies rather outdated way of thinking about hybrids. The point is to turn to future and find demanded ratio between efficiency and performance. V10 and V8 engines won’t last forever and oil supplies will become smaller and smaller. The faster car makers understand that they should change vision of sport cars, the better for them. We should deal with fact that supercars shouldn’t use 20 – 30 litre/100km of pethrol in future and that they will look similar to VED. That’s why people are so excited about this project. And comparing it to Volt is like comparing Honda Civic with BMW M3. There is huge gap you seem to miss.

      One fact that you also missed is that VED is supposed to appear in M-version with I6 from upcoming M3 and will generate above 450hp at output. Since this car is really light, it will be enough for R8 and it still will be 2+2 seater.

  • Bryce

    …was there any mention of putting an M engine into it or are they currently focused entirely on the hybrid system?

    Also, this may sound like a ridiculous question, but what did it sound like during the co-ride? I’d love to go to 60 in 4.8 with just a drop of fuel but I don’t want it to sound like I’m driving a Honda with a farty exhaust when I do so.

    Also, one of the highlights of the M vehicles is the ability to tune it with aftermarket parts. Is BMW considering ways for this vehicle to be tuned or used for motorsport purposes? I understand it’s not technically an M car at this point but it is trying to fill the supercar role.

    • bob

      Good point!

      What Georg Kacher for AUTOMOBILE, alluded to, and what Laslo seems to have missed, is that BMW may be setting this up to be a dual purpose vehicle, if you will.

      Consider this. As we know, BMW currently offers an ActiveHybrid variant of a few models. Well, the VED could become the inverse. An eco-friendly vehicle for the *greenies*; but, also, there could be a variant massaged by ///M GmbH.

      Somewhat brilliant for BMW to do. You have one package. If the greenies are willing to put their money where their mouths are, they’ll get an eco-friendly car that is more desirable/real-world practical than a Tesla, for instance. For other consumers, BMW ///M GmbH will use the platform as a supercar. The aerodynamics are pretty much the same.

      This is where I, respectfully, disagree with Laslzo. If you put the latest, greatest GM V8 into a Chevy Volt, all you have is a hot rod. But, if you put a ///M engine into the VED — saving the battery weight penalty — you have a supercar! Big difference.

      So, with the VED, however it might be finally config’d, BMW will capture sales from whomever.

  • Auday

    What I don’t get is why they are showing it in camo patterns and black wheels while the fully disclosed car is already shown before. And what’s all that hype with Dontblogaboutme and teaser videos while the car was already shown in full light last year.

    BMW marketing used to have high quality less quantity, and when they asked for your attention they always had something new and exciting to show, always the right thing on the right time.
    Honestly, just they lost me here, I don’t even have any interest to following up on the VED anymore, and every time I see anything related to Dontblogaboutme I just feel it’s some cheap marketing that doesn’t worth reading.

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