• Jan 29, 2009
The only thing better than a major automaker rolling out a supercar concept is when they actually put it into production. Usually, if the green light is given, it happens after the show car's public debut. In this case, however, early word from Autocar indicates that things are working backwards. BMW reportedly originally envisioned this effort as a concept car, but instead it has decided to put it into limited production to showcase its high performance and green capabilities.
The car in question, according to AC's latest reports, is a new flagship supercar from BMW to be called the Z10 ED. With a two-seat, front-engine layout, the Z10 ED (for Efficient Dynamics – BMW's term for its green tech) is being prepared by the company's Technik skunkworks department. As you may recall, this is the very same crew that brought the Z1 and Z8 roadsters to showrooms.

As the story goes, after BMW canceled plans to revive the M1 with a mid-engine, R8-eating supercar, Munich's decision-makers apparently gave the go-ahead for another project to highlight the company's tree-hugghing and road-hugging technology. For starters, integrated door frames and extensive use of carbon fiber will be employed to keep curb weight down and rigidity up. Power is tipped to come from a high-output version of the company's 3.0-liter six, with all the bells and whistles: twin turbos, variable valve timing and compression, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, F1-derived regenerative braking, and start-stop engine management. All of which should yield an anticipated 400 horsepower out of a relatively compact engine.

No telling when we might see the Z10 hit the roads, but sources suggest a $110,000+ price tag when it arrives.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      What, exactly, are 'integrated door frames'? Is that just 'doors with frameless windows?
      • 5 Years Ago
      A 3L V6 for $110k?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Straight 6 not V6. And it's the other tech which will force the price thru the roof.

        I don't think they plan for it to sell well, just enough to start moving the tech and then trickling it down to other models as they refine it. Also smaller numbers if they have to do a recall.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's too bad BMW's too poor right now to attempt this green marketing car and take a stab at beating the R8. Oh well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A 3 litre six sounds more like a Porsche fighter to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed, and the R8's already tangled with the 911 and beat it by many accounts, hence how nice it would be for BMW to actually step toe to toe with Audi... though I guess this is progress, BMW finally flirting with the idea of producing lighter driver's cars again and not simply mirroring audi's powerplants (in terms of displacement and cylinder count). Perhaps they'll get their focus back with this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AUTOBLOG QUIZ TIME, do some research and tell me how "Green" carbon fiber is. I.E. Recycling, Repair, or how long it takes to break down in the environment
      • 5 Years Ago
      A supercar with the acronym E.D. in the title. It's perfect.

      Really reinforces that male, compensatory stereotype.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That was supposed to be a reply to Jeff Banks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't really care just give me more of it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's stop over-using the term "green," please. Efficient Dynamics, yes. Green - twin turbo six with 400hp - no.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A V12 weighing only 150 pounds would be incredible!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's using turbos instead of building a bigger engine and it's going to use techy gadgets to keep fuel comsumption down. Green.
        They didn't say zero emmissions but it's still green in comparison to the other path they could have taken, 6.0 DOHC V12 weighing 150 lbs and guzzling 10 gallons to a mile.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha... yeah, and by 6.0 L V12 weighing 150 lbs ... you mean closer to 550 lbs...
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