BMW Gives New Specs, Bold New Look to Vision ED Supercar

BMW Vision ED (driving)

In brief: BMW has given more specifications and an upgraded look for the diesel-electric hybrid supercar, the Vision EfficientDynamics, which will go into production in 2013.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Vision EfficientDynamics
Manufacturer: BMW

The word

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

The car is slated to enter limited production in 2013 and is a first-of-its-kind diesel-electric hybrid supercar. The bold design now sports a new, dynamic paint skin to match the powerful look of the speedster.

The BMW Vision ED first appeared last year at the Frankfurt auto show and production plans were announced in February.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

Performance figures have been given for the newly-updated design as it heads towards a production model. It will be similar to the much-loved M3 model.

The Vision will have a 0-62mph of 4.8 seconds, a top speed of 155mph (limited) and fuel economy numbers over 75mpg (US) and a tiny CO2 emission rating of 99g/km.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

It will enter the playing field right after the Audi E-tron, the Mercedes SLS E-Drive, and at about the same time as the Porsche 918 RS Spyder. It's likely to be priced in the same mid-$100k range as the others, but BMW has not said anything.

BMW Research and Development Chief Klaus Draeger says the car "will crown our line-up. In terms of technology, it sits well above anything we currently offer."

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

Klaus also hinted that the drive train, the styling, and many other aspects are still very much in limbo and could change. Not unusual, of course, for a really hot concept car to become a drab production model. Look at the Volt.

"The styling will also be overhauled to make it compatible for all the various safety standards," Klaus intoned.

And so ...

Well, at least for now, it's awful nice to look at. What a cool car this is.

Photo credits: BMW's Marketing Site

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