BMW Vision EfficientDynamics spotted during photoshoot in Abu Dhabi

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Updated with video One word: HOT! The production version of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept was spotted during a photoshoot in Abu Dhabi. A member …

Updated with video

One word: HOT!

The production version of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept was spotted during a photoshoot in Abu Dhabi. A member of Teamspeed paid a visit at the Abu Dhabi F1 race track and came across this gem.

Back in November, we were one of the very few and fortunate people to receive some co-driving time in a similar production vehicle, but the car was sporting the usual psychedelic camouflage. The car spotted at Abu Dhabi seem to feature a matte gray paint with a blue shade on the sides.

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. 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.

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First 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.

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In every recent conversation we had with BMW, the company continued 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, and judging by these photos, they might be on the right track, despite the rumored $200,000 price tag.

Thanks for the tip Asad!

[Source: Teamspeed via 4wheelsnews ]

39 responses to “BMW Vision EfficientDynamics spotted during photoshoot in Abu Dhabi”

  1. Lariv says:

    That is stunning.

  2. Steve Davies says:

    I’ve received the same information about BMWs intended pricing of the production VED, I also expect that when it arrives on sale it will produce usefully more performance than the current M3. BMW intend for the VED to be a flagship model- the most expensive in the brand’s history and one of the fastest too.

    BMW were caught by surprise when Audi made the R8 and despite many of us hoping they’d produce a direct competitor, they’ve stuck to their own strategy and been determined to leap well ahead its Ingolstadt neighbour. They’ve always been at pains to point out that the VED will not be ann R8 competitor, but that it will redefine what we come to regard as a high- performance sportscar.

    Sounds good to me.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      You’re right Steve, this will NOT be an R8 competitor. When I went to Leipzig to get a ride in the car, I was told several times this is a total different approach, I would call it, the sports car of the future.

  3. Bryce says:

    It looks great for a model that isn’t supposed to be ready until 2013! I wonder if we’ll see it as a 2012 model instead. I know the hybrid technology will take longer to develop than the design, but now that the cat’s out of the bag we shouldn’t have to wait 2 1/2 more years to see it in showrooms!

  4. X5SoB says:

    Looks great in matte grey. Having no other cars for reference previously, I was struck in these photos at just how small and low to the ground it is. I’m a little suprised the glass doors will make it to production, given side impact standards. Just have to wear pants, I guess!

  5. Shawn says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous. Better start saving my pennies.

    Hope he didn’t clip the apex too much…

  6. T says:

    The new Paintwork is to provide alignment with another BMW Concept that is on the horizon.
    Discussions point to the two cars in Production format making their World Premiere at the 2013 IAA in Frankfurt in a sign of German pride. Built in Germany , launched in Germany.

    It is refreshing to see some have got the car correct in what it actually is …
    a re-interpretation of a sports car for the future.
    It stands alone it’s a BMW afterall.

    Happy New Year.

  7. Tom says:

    “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.”

    This is what people need as a daily driver. I’m glad to hear BMW is leading the way.

  8. adc says:

    It will have stiff competition in the porsche 918 spyder, which will be faster.

  9. sharkhunter says:

    I seriously doubt this is the production version, judging the timing and the doors (safety regulations…). Still looks awesome. Maybe just filming a commercial?

  10. George says:

    The car looks great, I just wish the specs backed up the looks and price tag. Personally I would not spend $200,000 for a vehicle with 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 163 hp. This would be disappointing for a flagship vehicle.

    • X5SoB says:

      Wrong. Combined output of the engine and the two motors can reach a maximum of 332 hp. That combined with the ultra lightweight platform makes for one impressive package.

  11. Laszlo says:

    Finally they decided to paint the toad.

    all that grotesk paint job was weird. I still think this is far from a production vehicle but finally its getting better. BMW is sure slow to create something exciting.
    For months we saw the ugly pics and then they decided to paint it. duh…

    put some decent rubber on it, create a wheel that looks better (remember the weird looking M1 wheels ? ) and sell it for less then 200grand …

    Tesla IV will be on the market by that time along with the Fisker both considerably less money and fully electric.

    Not that I would want that electric car either.

  12. George says:

    X5SoB,

    I do see the combined 332 HP but the article says the car is capable of a temporary boost feature meant that for 30 seconds it could produce 112 horsepower or as much as 139 horsepower for just 10 seconds. This indicates the combined 332HP is not constantly available. I’m just not sold on the variable horsepower concept,

    • Doug says:

      Right, so after that 0-60 sprint, you basically won’t any power left to express your road rage with. It’s going to be interesting to see what the driving impressions are when people push it to its limits on the track.

      Are they separating torque from power? Aren’t those things functions of each other?

  13. Efoza says:

    Good use of the 5 Gt design on this finished product for 2012.

  14. Moises says:

    Imagine this drivetrain in a 1 series o_O

  15. Cobb says:

    Amazing car!! I think I need to start saving up now

  16. chaitanya bist india says:

    wow.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ……….i want this ……….

  17. Artmic says:

    it is a nice looking car, if it costs more than 100K they can keep it though. Who is stupid enough to buy an electric car for 200K or 300K? If they can afford that much, they can afford the gasoline…. People are so retarded, global warming and climate change has influenced people beyond reason, more like brainwashed them.

    • X5SoB says:

      You do realize that anyone that can plunk down $200k is aware of environmental concerns, is very image conscious, and want the latest technology. BMW will have no problem selling this car, just not to you.

      • Doug says:

        well… they might be. The 200k auto crowd could have the same proportion of climate “skeptics” as the rest of the population.

        I’m starting to agree with the pricetag problem. At 200k, I think people are going to expect more 200k substance (such as appropriate cup holders). You couldn’t price it at $100k because the styling says it’s too exotic. I think this car needs to be $150k, *and* they need to get the performance up to par with $150k sports cars. That’s the only way the efficiency (and the supporting technology) will have a real wow factor, because it’s the combination of those attributes that is truly groundbreaking. Not to mention that it would make more sense as a daily driver, like the way many well-to-do folks drive priuses. And, BMW doesn’t want to be heckled by those questioning the sense of a $200k hypermiler, like that guy.

        Maybe the instant, constant, silent torque really is that exciting?

  18. Nice machine…
    Put more 100kw and add $100k to make it $300k. It’s a BMW and it deserves respect.. Can’t wait to buy it. If u can afford it then u won’t have any complaints…

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