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Report: $200K Pricetag Expected For BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Supercar

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran


December 16th, 2010


An Audi R8 can be yours for around $120,000, depending on which model you select and how options you laden it with, while the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will set you back closer to the $180,000-and-upwards mark.

BMW’s entrant in this segment, the production version of the Vision EfficientDynamics eco supercar concept, will set you back even further, with prices reportedly reaching the $200,000 mark when the car arrives in October of 2013. That’s the estimate of BMW sales chief Ian Robertson, who spoke recently with Inside Line.

In fairness, the pricetag is relatively justified given the car’s multitude of technology, such as its carbon-fiber construction, plug-in hybrid performance and active aerodynamics. As Robertson explained it, the Vision EfficientDynamics will "redefine how we look at high-performance sports cars”.

Importantly, it will be cheaper than two of its most obvious rivals, the all-electric Audi r8 e-tron and Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell, both of which are expected to be priced at around $250,000 when they hit the market in late 2012.

While the Vision EfficientDynamics’s final specs are yet to be nailed, Robertson boasted that the car will be able to compete with Ferrari and Porsche in terms of performance.

The concept version packed a three-cylinder turbodiesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle, which enables an overall system output of 328 horsepower. The end result is a 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds with an average fuel economy of 62.5 mpg.

The arrangement of the hybrid powertrain allows the diesel engine to drive the rear wheels directly or with assistance from a rear-axle electric motor through a six-speed gearbox, while the electric motor up front drives the front wheels on pure electricity, and all three systems can work in tandem for maximum performance. This delivers a range of possibilities for in-town and performance driving.

Look out for a world debut of the Vision EfficientDynamics supercar at the 2012 Olympics in London, which BMW is sponsoring.



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Report: BMW's next supercar coming in 2013 for $200,000

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Dec 16th 2010 at 5:00PM


BMW is set to change the way we think about supercars with its Vision EfficientDynamics concept. This swoopy economical machine is estimated to produce around 328 horsepower from its three-cylinder diesel hybrid powertrain, and fuel economy is claimed to be a lofty 62.5 miles per gallon.

While speaking to Inside Line recently, the automaker's sales and marketing director, Ian Robertson, announced that the car will cost roughly €150,000, or about $200,000 USD when it goes on sale. That's indeed a pretty penny, but it's put into perspective when you consider that Mercedes-Benz's upcoming efficient supercar, the SLS E-Cell, is rumored to cost around $250,000.

No official timeframe has been given as to when we'll see the debut of the production-ready EfficientDynamics supercar, but Inside Line states that BMW is sponsoring the 2012 London Olympics, so we should look for the car to debut at that time. It's indeed a vast change from the eight-, ten- and twelve-cylinder hotties that currently make up the supercar segment, but with the changing times putting a larger emphasis on efficiency, BMW's end result should still be pretty sweet.



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BMW’s Vision ED-based Sports Car Likely to Cost Around US $200,000



Back in November, BMW confirmed that a hybrid sports car based on its Vision EfficientDynamics Concept would enter production in 2013. However, the Bavarian automaker did not disclose any details about the price of its 'green' performance machine. Now, according to a report from InsideLine [iL] citing the BMW Sales and Marketing Director, Ian Robertson, the production version will cost a little under £150,000 [or US$234,000 / €177,000] in the UK, which suggests a price tag of around $200,000 for the States.

Speaking at the BMW 1-Series M Coupe’s launch event in London, Mr. Robertson said the price would be “less than £150,000 ($240,000)” adding that "we [bMW] haven't finalized price point yet, but it will compete with Ferraris and high-end Porsches".

Should this be the case, the Vision ED will be cheaper than the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell, rumored to cost around $250,000 when it hits the market in 2012.

The concept car boasts a 1.5-liter diesel engine and two electric motors for a total system output of 328 horsepower. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes just 4.8 seconds, while average fuel consumption is an equally impressive 62.6 mpg US.

The company official also stated that the road legal version will “redefine how we look at high-performance sports cars”, so it’s possible that the diesel-electric setup will be kept.

By Csaba Daradics



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