Speculation: New design for alleged BMW hybrid supersports car

Rumors | August 16th, 2010 by 12
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Media speculations around a future BMW hybrid supercar continue. German magazine AutoZeitung mentions a hybrid supercar producing close to 600 horsepower and due to launch in 2013.

Developed by the BMW M Division, the supercar would be based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, featuring a similar powertrain with electric motors assisting the engine. The plug-in lithium-ion technology is developed together with SB LiMotive.

The car would have a driving autonomy on electric up to 50 kilometers.

But here is where the speculations are reaching their highest peak. The BMW hybrid supercar could use a 5.0 liter V10 from the M5 E60, matted to a 7-speed SMG. Based on BMW’s latest investment in EfficientDynamics, we find the report to be quite far from the truth. BMW has iterated several times that their future revolves around fuel efficient cars, with small displacement and enough power to maintain the driving dynamics specific to a BMW.

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We expect to see a hybrid supercar in the future, but most likely it will be powered by a small three or four-cylinder engine, assisted by electric motors.

The car mentioned by AutoZeitung is said to use an aluminum drivetrain, plenty of fiber carbon and to weigh around 1,500 kilograms. The car would reach 100 km/h in only 3.8 seconds and fuel consumption would be rated at 3.5.-3.8 liters/100 km, unlikely from a V10 engine.

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The speculations continue around the naming convention, from simply BMW M8 to BMW M8 Hybrid.

In our opinion, BMW will continue to focus on reducing the consumption of the entire fleet and such prestige projects would rather take a secondary place.