Rumor: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics production car to run in limited edition of 5,000 to 10,000 units

Rumors | October 5th, 2010 by 5
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Despite our expectations, BMW has not unveiled a production version of the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The hyped DontBlogAboutThis campaign created more speculations around a possible unveil and even more rumors around what the production car will bring to market.

While never officially confirmed, BMW has also referred to the concept as a vision to future BMW models, a car that will move past its concept status and into road-legal supersport car.

A report published today by German magazine Autobild mentions that the Munich-based automaker will bring the Vision ED to the market sometimes in 2013 and the car will run in limited numbers ranging from 5,000 to 10,000 units.

If BMW does put the concept into production, it would join other alternatively-powered sports and supercars such as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell, the Audi e-tron and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

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BMW Vision Concept features a hybrid powertrain that provides a top speed limited electronically to 155 mph, with acceleration to 62mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds.

The power and performance are made possible by combining a fuel-efficient 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbodiesel with one electric motor on each axle. The intelligent combination of these units, together with precisely controlled energy management, simultaneously enhances the dynamic performance and the efficiency of the car. Overall system output is 356 horsepower, and peak torque is 590 lb-ft.

In its concept form, the chassis and suspension of BMW Vision EfficientDynamics are made completely of aluminum; the roof and the outer skin on the doors are made almost completely of a special polycarbonate glass automatically darkening as a function of the light shining on the car. Measuring 181.1″ in length, 74.8″ in width and 48.8″ in height, this unique concept car offers ample space for up to four passengers and their luggage. Thanks to the consistent lightweight construction strategy applied on the car, curb weight is 3,076 lb.

A source close to BMW went on to say that the production car would use more traditional materials, although it is expected to retain its sub-3,076 lbs weight.

Here is a recap of features in the Vision ED Concept as released by BMW last year in Frankfurt.

* 2+2 seater
* Bird’s wings door
* Dimensions (length x width x height): 4.60 x 1.90 x 1.24 meters
* Combined power: 356 hp, 800 Nm(590 lb-ft) of torque
* 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbodiesel engine placed at the rear of the car
* Diesel engine: 163 hp, 290 Nm(214 lb-ft) of torque
* Two electric engines, one near the front axle, one near the rear axle
* Electric-rear engine with constant 33 HP and a peak of 51 HP. Maximum torque 214 lb-ft
* Electric engine front axle with constant 80 HP. Extra power of 112 HP available for 30 seconds and for 10 seconds, 139 HP. Torque:162 lb-ft
* 4.8 seconds 0-100 km/h, limited 250 km/h (155 mph)
* DCT gearbox
* average 3,76 liter per 100 kilometer – 62.6MPG. CO2 99 gram per km
* Maximum Range: 690 kilometers – 428 miles
* Weight: 1.395 kg – 3,075 lbs
* Weight of the lithium-ion batteries: 85 kg – 187 lbs
* Charging time: Depending on the amperage between 44 minutes and 2.5 hours
* 3D HUD
* No Active Cooling Required