• Mar 13, 2009
The BMW Z10 ED -- Efficient Dynamics -- is a green supercar that's out to get the Audi R8. Tech specs are hypothesized to be a high-pressure turbocharged inline six cylinder with 400 hp that would use either a mechanical valve system or BMW's VANOS system, and run through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Along with electronic stop/start aids, there would be technology to turn exhaust gasses into electricity. With the use of plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum, the car is meant to weigh no more than 3,080 pounds.
Even though it hasn't stopped Ferrari and Lamborghini, lead BMW designer Adrian Van Hooydonk thinks it might be hard to sell the Z10 with a supercar body in a global recession. Most importantly, though, he wants the car to be a symbol of the future, and to offer an "exciting dynamic experience." We can't imagine the sketch is anything go by, unless he also wants the car to try and eat you.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I would bet both mechanical valves and double vanos... The M engines have been like this for awhile, the non hydrolyic valves are non adjusting (unlike every other car out there) But only need a valve service every 24k miles which costs about 1k which includes a full service and oil change, so all in all not that bad of a price, considering the first 4 yeasr of service are free. This way of doing things is alot tougher, and allows alot more power out of the smaller blocks like the s54 from the e46 M3. which gets over 100hp per liter NA, with no forced induction, and reliably spins up to 8k rpm all day long.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The S54 was a mixed bag as far as reliability.

        It also was not a terribly small block, being very heavy. If you measure power over displacement scores well, but power for engine size it doesn't do as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The M division actually already has their hands on direct injection. They have recently upped the power of the N63 engine for the upcoming X5 M. The N63 4.4L engine in the new 7 series [F01] and in the X6 [E71] has twin turbos and direct injection.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's an interesting idea, but why not put that revived concept M1 into production?
      • 5 Years Ago
      z10 erectile dysfunction?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a competitor in the ugly duckling award show. Never an R8 competitor. Yuck!
      • 5 Years Ago
      who killed the M1?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree. Turning the Z-10 into a "green machine" is not a good idea. People who want super-car performance are usually not too preoccupied with efficiency or gas mileage. There are relatively few of them on the road anyways, so the overall impact is not that big. I think its time that BMW realized that its not just the economic climate that is costing them market share.
      I don't believe BMW has ever used the "Z" name for a car that was not a two-seater sports car (correct me if I am wrong); so if not a "super-car body" what does Van Hooydonk want to do ? Give us another bland rear end to look at ?
      Personally I still love the BMW engines, its just the bodies they are in and the weight of those bodies that have me disgusted lately (all except that brand new Z4, that one actually looks nice; going to have to see it in person).
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only part of a stop and start system that will ever be used on a car like this is the off switch. Even if it is a lower end exotic, the price of the car will be high enough that no one who buys it is going to put up with a 3/4 second delay leaving lights because they need to save gas.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its going to be interesting to see a production model; also is it just me or does the front fiasco look like a rhino/bull mix?
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