BMW Vision EfficientDynamics, Model Year 2014

If true, the following rumor may prove to be as exciting as the confirmation of the production version for Audi's e-tron: BMW decided to produce the stunning Vision EfficientDynamics. According to BMWblog, citing a BMW executive, the Vision has been approved for production and will see the roads in 2013. The exec says the underpinnings of the car, including the hybrid drivetrain and the new 3-cylinder diesel engine are near-production ready.

The full-hybrid Vision is powered by a three-cylinder turbodiesel and two electric motors. The unit is capable of developing an overall output of 262 kW/356 hp and a maximum torque 800 Nm/590 lb-ft. The car is equipped with all-wheel drive, featuring an electric motor on both the front and rear axle.

The configuration allows Vision EfficientDynamics to reach sixty in 4.8 seconds, and is capable of reaching a maximum electronically-limited speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). As for the fuel consumption, BMW reports the car recorded 3.76 liters/100 km and CO2 emissions of 99 grams/km in the EU test cycle.

Using a Brake Energy Regeneration technology, the car is able to cover a distance of approximately 50 km/31 miles in the electric mode alone. Moreover, both the energy management and the fuel consumption are optimized with the help of Formula 1 aerodynamics know-how.

The production version of the Vision will of course feature a more down-to-earth design and BMW set its sights on selling in between 5,000 and 10,000 units a year. No rumor on a possible price tag for the Vision yet.
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