• Sep 9, 2009
BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

For many, it may seem hard for an automaker to claim the mantle of "The Ultimate Driving Machine" without a truly exhilarating supercar to act as a halo to define the brand. That could explain why, following previous reports that it had canned any plans for a mid-engine supercar, new reports suggest that BMW is proceeding with development of just such a vehicle.

Tentatively dubbed Z10, the most ultimate of driving machines would, according to the latest churns of the rumormill, take advantage of lightweight materials – including carbon fiber, aluminum and magnesium – to keep weight down, while offering more space inside than a Porsche 911. The jury's still out on what engine would find itself placed in the middle of the taut chassis, with the company's award-winning V10 reportedly axed in favor of a twin-turbo six (in either V or inline configuration) delivering somewhere in the vicinity of 450 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed dual clutch gearbox.

Adaptable aerodynamics, a supplemental hybrid electric motor and thermal-dynamics system are also tipped to be part of the package, and we wouldn't be surprised to see some of the styling elements from the new Vision EfficientDynamics concept make their way into the production vehicle. The supercar is supposedly projected to bow with a $110,000 sticker price about five years from now... that is, if it's actually ever produced at all.



[Source: Automobile Magazine]


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      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why on earth would a company that has stuck to the I6 design like glue, make their "supercar" wear a V6, likely with an offset crankshaft...

      If it were to get a V-anything, maybe a tuned up version of their twin turbo V8... or a V12.

      BTW, why does a mid-engined supercar, which will likely be 2-seat only, have more interior room than a Porsche 911, which, technically, is a 2+2, albeit barely...

      Color me skeptical, as this is just a the "spit-balling" stage, by the sound of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      About time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hell , yeah ! BMW should use their soon out of job F1 engineers for this car , they really need to show what they are capable of.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you took the words right out of my mouth! looking forward to this, especially if it bests the current m3 on the track (and, the R8 V8 by extension).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Before anyone goes bitching that a turbo'd six isn't good enough, just remember the XJ220.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't care if it's a six, the idea actually sounds pretty good, I just care whether it's an inline or a V.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's an interesting idea, and I think they should proceed with it. However, the engine I'd like to see is the M3's V8, not the M5's V10. The V8 is more refined, has a nicer sound, and is just as fun to use as the V10.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah if that 6 is a V I'm officially checking out of the BMW fanclub. They've alreadye Bangled the hell out of the classic look, begun to fail miserably on reliability, and dropped out of F1. My patience is about out.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      I said it before and i will say it again. That concept car in the pic is ugly as sin.


      The Lexus LF-A concept is 100x better then this......and BMW will need to make this car if they want to TRY to stay ahead of Lexus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        http://i32.tinypic.com/vsdrhe.jpg


        Better? I know you like plastering your USDM cars with a symbol that means that you don't know how to drive, so I tried to portray the BMW as you would want it to be.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @ Serge


        The LF-A will destroy this. Period. BMW is not leading ANYTHING anymore. ANYTHING.
      Acqui
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think a tt inline six would be ideal if they can keep the weight to around 3000 lbs. After all, that's what the 911 is running in it's ultimate form. I just think it will be difficult for a lot of people who normally would consider purchasing a car for 100k when there are many companies now who are offering cars with similar power and amenities for half the price. Yes, the badge is something people were always willing to pay more for but that's becoming of less importance in the current economic climate. Just look at the latest JD Power polling with regards to how many former Merc and BMW owners who are now visiting and purchasing cars like the Genesis.
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