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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Teaser no. 2

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Teaser no. 2

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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Teaser

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As soon as spy images of a mysterious BMW concept emerged earlier this month, BMW said the car pictured was nothing but an old aerodynamics test mule, certainly not a new concept due for debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. But whatever that car was, BMW is definitely working on something all-new for Frankfurt, and today the company has released a second teaser image of the upcoming car.

Dubbed the Vision EfficientDynamics concept, it's expected to be a three-cylinder, hybrid-powertrain four-door coupe. Yesterday, the company released a teaser video further developing the car's green image and giving a hint at what looks like a rear quarter panel. The image revealed today, via the IAABlog, shows the opposite view of the other rear quarter panel, which does little to give us an idea of the car's overall shape, but does continue to build curiosity.

Though new video also doesn't show much of the car - beyond the second image above - in any of its green-themed scenes, it does show car-perspective footage, implies high-speed and performance driving and also teases with terms like 'Vision EfficientDynamics', perhaps offering a reminder of the GINA Light Visionary Concept from last June.

The car captured earlier this month offers a similar appearance, though does away with the cloth body work for what appears to be real metal, shaped into a long-coupe profile and apparently small form factor. That shape threw many commentators for a loop in trying to identify the car when it was spotted by spies, but when taken as a possible new model, or at least a concept previewing next-generation BMW powertrain technology, it begins to make more sense.

According to Auto Express, the new car will also show off features of BMW's upcoming design direction, much like the CS Concept did in 2007. That concept drew as much fire as it did praise, and though elements of its design have seen production application - heavily toned down, of course - expect to see another controversial set of features in this new concept.

We'll all have to wait until the Frankfurt show next month to find out exactly what is and isn't rumor, but stay tuned to Motor Authority for the latest developments, whatever they may be.

Late last year a high ranking insider revealed that BMW was working on a “green” super-sports car based along the lines of the M1 Homage concept. BMW development board member Dr Klaus Draeger also recently revealed that the company was planning to unveil a sustainable sports car concept at the upcoming Frankfurt event.

The concept is expected pack the latest in BMW EfficientDynamics technology, but in addition to showcasing powertrain advancements it will also feature sustainable design and material elements.

According to previous reports, BMW is studying the viability of the project, with an eye to eventually building a two-seater sports car that showcases all of firm’s most sophisticated environmental technology. A limited production run would be timed for release at the end of 2012, giving cars like the top-selling Audi R8 and upcoming Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Gullwing some healthy competition.

[Auto ExpressBMW WebTV]



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  1. Please be the M1, Please be the M1, Please be the M1......
     
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  2. The scale and proportions are clearly not of a midengined sportscar - "Sustainable" or otherwise.

    To me it appears to be to be a concept version of the upcoming 3 Series Coupe.
     
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  3. CRAP.... Its not the M1, is it? The ride hight makes it look like a crossover or some other piece of crap that I'll never buy.
     
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  4. Some people are predicitng this might be the 3 series GT a baby brother to the 5 series GT, or could be the next gen 3 series.
     
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  5. Don´t you think it could be the new 2011 BMW 6-Series???

    It is quite long, but it doesn´t look like a radical M-1 to me:

    Look at it. I think it isn´t so wide in the rear part as the M-1, the lines of the car are more fluid (like the 6- series) than faceted (like the M-1), and even, although they could have been changed them not to give clues, look at the style of the wheels...

    Mike79

    http://www.motorauthority.com/image/100195788_bmw-6-series-rendering-001-1
     
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  6. The whole gallery of renders of the 2011 BMW 6-series here in Motorauthority Web:
    http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1030480_spy-shots-next-gen-bmw-6-series-takes-to-the-ring
     
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  7. It's a Lancer Evo...
     
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  8. It's a Lancer Evo...

    +1 on that. It's the first thing I thought when I saw the photos...
     
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  9. The scale and proportions are clearly not of a midengined sportscar - "Sustainable" or otherwise.

    To me it appears to be to be a concept version of the upcoming 3 Series Coupe.

    The scale and proportions are clearly not of a midengined sportscar - "Sustainable" or otherwise.

    To me it appears to be to be a concept version of the upcoming 3 Series Coupe.

    I would have to say 3 coupe too. It looks more M3ish though. And doesnt look like the 6. It's not proportioned right for a 6.
     
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  10. Don?t you think it could be the new 2011 BMW 6-Series???

    Nope - Proportionally, it's the wrong size and shape. In addition, there appear to be a pair of rear doors that I'd missed seeing before: There's a cutline along the sill aft of the driver's door to the rear wheelwell that's hard to see but shows in the 4th and 3rd to last of the Autocar pix, so as NND states it could be a 3-Series 4-door coupe/sedan or "GT" (Tough to tell w/ the plastic bag billowing over the rear glass & deck)

    As for BMW's statement that it's a 5 year old styling exercise - I don't buy that story for a moment. The massive sharknose grille and heavy sills are clearly derived from the 2007 CS Concept, the taillamp shape derives from the current Z4 and the heavy-browed slit headlamp housings are something we've not seen from BMW before but are showing up in renderings for the new 3 Series.

    Since BMW do radical changes to the 3 Series every other model cycle - it's even more likely that this is a styling exercise for the 2011/12 3 Series.
     
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  11. It is possible it could be the next 6 series, but I would bet on the next 3 series.
     
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  12. quite clearly a 3 door.

    don't think it's a M because of those Alloys
     
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  13. It has to be the 3 series GT.
     
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  14. Wow, 3 cylinder hybrid, sounds exciting
     
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  15. In spy shots of sports car concept, Contours looks dynamic and coupe-like. I look forward to Frankfurt Motor Show:)
     
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