Co-Driving: BMW Vision Concept – Supercar Of The Future

Featured Posts, Test Drives | November 12th, 2010 by 43
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A Vision Becomes Reality. Shaping The Future. Two slogans that underline a BMW hosted event at its Leipzig plant in East Germany. A small selective …

A Vision Becomes Reality. Shaping The Future. Two slogans that underline a BMW hosted event at its Leipzig plant in East Germany. A small selective group of journalists were invited to experience the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept.

BMWBLOG headed to Germany to take part in a co-driving experience of what we believe will be the supercar of the future. The stunning diesel-electric hybrid is labeled in this stage as the “Full Runner”, and its performance was said to be running at 60 percent at the date of the event. Developed under the Project i umbrella, Vision EfficientDynamics will make its debut as a production car at the end of 2013, with deliveries beginning in early 2014.

Unusual for BMW or any automaker, the company decided to give a very early preview of their first supercar running with a hybrid setup. The EfficientDynamics Concept features a 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 163 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque all on its own. According to Dr. Philip Koehn, Head of Vision EfficientDynamics project, his engineers were looking for the smallest engine produced by BMW and fortunately, an experimental unit was found on the premises. The diesel engined is aided by two electric engines.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics 1632 655x436First one, in a rear-end placement, produces a constant 33 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. The second electric motor sits at the front of the car for a perfect weight distribution. The electric unit outputs 80 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. A temporary boost feature meant that for 30 seconds it could produce 112 horsepower or as much as 139 horsepower for just 10 seconds. The 1,450 kg sports car runs from 0-62 mph in only 4.8 seconds, performance that brings it at the same level as the current M3.

The car will charge from a conventional power socket in just 2.5 hours, and BMW indicated its fuel efficiency will approach 90 miles per gallon The car will have an electric-only driving range of about 31 miles, while diesel power extends the total range of the vehicle to up to 435 miles.

BMW engineers were employed for the day to haul around a group of journalists, including yours truly. In the short, but exciting ride, the BMW engineer took us through all of the car’s three settings: front-wheels spun by the electric motor, both front and rear-wheels driven by the full-electric mode, and last and most exciting, full throttle wit the entire hybrid system working at its current full capacity.

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In this current stage of development, the interaction between electric motors and the internal combustion engine was activated manually by a push of a button. In the production series, the hybrid system will be controlled by the electronic system which engages different engines based on the driving needs.

In electric mode, the current rides as quiet as the MINI E, with a soft whisper that conceals its supercar spirit. To emphasize its athletic abilities and the supercar image, the BMW driver fired up the diesel engine and gave us a couple of straight lines. Each time the Vision prototype reached speeds near 90 mph and despite its 60 percent power level, the full throttle managed to push us back into our seats. The sound coming from the three-cylinder engine was quite evident, but we learned that the car was missing the usual phonic isolation.

Unfortunately the short ride did not give us enough time or hands-on experience with the Concept to properly asses its capabilities and potential, but based on the performance seen at this early stage in the development process, we are fairly comfortable in saying that BMW will change how we perceive supercars. Despite its comparison to the Audi R8, the Vision Concept has nothing in common with the spirit of the R8, other than their edgy and flashy looks. One car, the Vision Concept, builds on the idea of future mobility aided by electric motors, while Audi’s best car to-date, the R8, is all about massive power coming from a supercar-worthy engine.


BMW continues to emphasize that their hybrids and full-electric cars will carry over the sporty spirit that characterize the brand, and these vehicles will continue to deliver the emotional driving experience the customers expect.

Inside, the design is far from being finalized. The current prototype sports a variety of different controls and parts from a wide range of BMWs. In the production model, the bucket seats will go through some changes. The dasbhoard features the electronic screen seen in the Concept, with the speed and other messages being displayed on the fancy and slick LCD.

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The carbon-seats found in the prototype were equipped with four-point seat belts, giving the car a more racing style. The wing doors will make it through the production lines, with slight modifications, including the addition of a retractable power-operated window and on-door controls to operate its functions.

Interesting enough, BMW says that the 195 mm wheels are sufficient for a supercar of this type. Despite having a narrower grip, the 21 inch wheels offer more surface contact. Unofficially BMW stated that the production car might see a slight increase in tires width.

The eco-friendly supercar will be produced in 5,000 units every year and European pricing is expected to be anywhere between 150,000 to 175,000 euros.

As the project progresses, BMW is expected to continue offering driving experiences aboard the Vision Concept and we are looking forward to the next opportunity to experience what we call, the “Supercar Of The Future”.

43 responses to “Co-Driving: BMW Vision Concept – Supercar Of The Future”

  1. Giom Mouton says:

    Very exciting stuff, to see this concept becoming a reality. Like I said before, I wasn’t too sure if they could pull it off, but, just look it it now!

    The main problems that I can forsee at the moment, are weight and some practical issues, like the side windows. This should alter the look of the car conciderably, which is a shame, but un-avoidable. Somehow you need to be able to do your business at a ticket booth etc.
    Weight has to increase, considering the no sound proofing in the concept, but hopfully, the battery technology will improve the weight issue as well as power delivery and storage.

    It can only get better from here.

  2. pimeto says:

    If they dont make this without the electric motors, a normal car, this is going to be a awesome looking car for rich morons! IMO!
    From what i read it is pointless to make such a hybrid!
    Hybrids are waste of time and money! Not effective and very expensive to maintenance! Pointless!
    Ether make it full electric with an impressive running range or make it a normal petrol car! This is my opinion!

    • Giom Mouton says:

      Do some reading on the subject first – not ‘reading’ what your mates says – actual reading. Please don’t claim that you have, cause, then there’s really no hope for you. If you’re quoting Autocar, according to them, all BMWs are pointless – like their own magazine. NO, start with the press release.

      • bob says:

        You may want to take your own advice. Particularly on the subject of, ‘Dust to Dust’ energy expenses.

        Shortly into the report, they list:

        The Top 10 most energy efficient vehicles over their lifetime:
        1. Scion xB ($0.48 per mile)
        2. Ford Escort (0.57 per mile)
        3. Jeep Wrangler ($0.60 per mile)
        4. Chevrolet Tracker ($0.69 per mile)
        5. Toyota Echo ($0.70 per mile)
        6. Saturn Ion ($0.71 per mile)
        7. Hyundai Elantra ($0.72 per mile)
        8. Dodge Neon ($0.73 per mile)
        9. Toyota Corolla ($0.73 per mile)
        10. Scion xA ($0.74 per mile)

        The 10 least energy efficient vehicles over their lifetime:
        1. Mercedes Benz produced Maybach ($11.58 per mile)
        2. Volkswagen Phaeton ($11.21 per mile)
        3. Rolls-Royce (full line average: $10.66 per mile)
        4. Bentley (full line average: $10.56 per mile)
        5. Audi allroad Quattro ($5.59 per mile)
        6. Audi A8 ($4.96 per mile)
        7. Audi A6 ($4.96 per mile)
        8. Lexus LS430 ($4.73 per mile)
        9. Porsche Carrera GT ($4.53 per mile)
        10. Acura NSX ($4.45 per mile)

        Hybrid energy efficiency over their lifetime:
        1. Honda Insight ($2.94 per mile)
        2. Ford Escape Hybrid ($3.18 per mile)
        3. Honda Civic Hybrid ($3.24 per mile)
        4. Toyota Prius ($3.25 per mile)
        5. Honda Accord Hybrid ($3.30 per mile)

        In the text, using 2005 info, they point out that the average for all cars sold in the US was $2.28. The Hummer H3 came in at $1.949, or substantially less than any Honda hybrid!

      • pimeto says:

        Other than just reading this and that, YOU have to do some thinking!
        Hybrid technology is a “transition” technology, as i call it!
        Its pointless at its current state, and i personally dont think it will be ever…

        And about press releases. Dude, seriously! Dont be such a naive fanboy! Everything that is released by a company is aways “the best of the best” but in reality its not quite as some present it!
        Dont get me wrong please, i am not some BMW hater, or AUDI fanboy – NO! I love BMW, just dont take everything they toss at me.
        And again, IMO!

  3. empower says:

    look at it this car is fantastic a car that will do 90 mpg with 4 seat able to do 62 in 4.8 sec and some say its pointless. sounds like sour grapes to me. Wonder what the likes of some of the above will say when M gets there hands on it lol.
    Plaxico try reading more then the headline and take that sour grape from your mouth
    my conern about this car is how is it going to sound

  4. Billy says:

    Did BMW say anything about adding a B-pillar? it seems odd because if it were hit by a car from the side that car would be able to go into the BMW…and everyone would probably die

    • Billy says:

      why thumbs down?
      BMW recently got 5 stars or whatnot on a safety rating, which shows that they care about safety, thats why its odd that they wouldn’t be engineering any sort of side-impact protection in this car

      • Laszlo says:

        u r dumb. E31 did not have a B pillar and it was better then most cars in its time. why would people die if there is not B pillar ? suffocate them-self in their stupidity ?

        • Billy says:

          the e31 was a coupe. Its doors weren’t made entirely of glass and they didn’t span two rows of seats. Theres a difference.
          You seem like some sort of over-aggressive fanboy. I am a fan of BMW but I was just asking about how they would make the car meet the safety standards of what they are obviosly capable of. No need to resort to immature “u r dumb”‘s or downrate anything that questions the ‘superiorness of BMW’. Everything has its flaws, but in this case I just find it odd because BMW recently achieved a 5 star rating for side impact on the 5er.

          • Greger says:

            Well BMW have never had any intension building the doors of glass on a seriell produced car. So Billy way do you even bother !!
            And as someone else wrote, hybrids are pointless, to you maybee. But of course not to other people understanding the situation we are in. Once in a while you need to realize a more complex picture of the world, making cars and making money.

          • Billy says:

            what are you talking about greger. BMW never said they did not have that intention, and because they revealed the car with glass doors I was just wondering if they would add a b pillar or not.
            I never said anything about hybrids being pointless, and I never said anything about the way BMW runs their business.
            Don’t accuse me of saying stuff I didn’t and please learn how to write english properly.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Yes, it will have the B-pillar and other changes to the door structure as well.

  5. Tom says:

    hells yes!

  6. Marco B says:

    Not impressed with the hybrid train of thought. I’d rather it had a V6 …

    • bob says:

      Your wish may be granted.

      According to Georg Kacher, writing for AUTOMOBILE (who also writes for CAR), is that BMW is considering two versions. The “i100” & “M100”.

      What we have here is essentially the i100 ActiveHybrid variant. Apparently, BMW wants people to be aware of the Project i connection.

      The other variant — and I’m hoping everyone here can figure out where the “M” comes from — will be a twin-turbo’d 450hp halo supercar. This is the reason why VED is RWD. Instead of batteries and electric front motor it’ll have supercapacitors…for that added boost.

      BMW will providing a choice.

    • wazon8 says:

      As bob has said, there are plans to make it with 6 cylinder 3.0TT combustion engine delivering over 450hp, but it would be disaster, if it happened to be V6. Let them stay with usual Inline 6.

  7. bob says:

    VED = *Joy*

  8. Bryce says:

    The car looks great… I just hope that the actual interior looks nothing like that. Maybe it doesn’t look as bad in person, but by the photos I’d say that interior is the furthest thing ready for production on the vehicle.

  9. really excited to see this concept becoming a reality….a little disappointing to see the same steering, gear shifter and few other familiar buttons. i hope this car gets a restyled interior. it has to be radical like the exterior and not like any other bimmer.

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  11. gimpy says:

    hoolly shit i cant find my left leg but theres a right leg. ahhhhhelp i got ran over by a 2089 camaro

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