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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.


BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Prototype
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[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This car is horrendously ugly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @335d - actually, I expect the production car will be very similar, aside from the doors being metal vs glass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lately production versions of concepts have been close to the same designs as the concepts...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's called a "concept" so I doubt this is how the final product will look...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a big fan of the styling, but the tech is impressive. Somebody needs to tell Aston Martin this is how you meet CAFE standards, not rebadging a small Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Either it's a really large displacement 3 cylinder, or that the real power comes from battery pack. Most likely the reason for the high price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think "$200,000" cuts it as a 'supercar' anymore. The dollar doesn't stretch like it once did. $200K will get you a high end Benz; which ain't no super car (just an ubber expensive VW).
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      Supercar status needs to be elevated to $500K+. $400K if a night with Kim Kardashian is included (someone needs to fill the car with petrol).
        • 4 Years Ago
        So the sub-$200k Ferrari California doesn't cut it, either? It's as pedestrian as a Miata?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since when is Mercedes a part of VW?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @HowardM: Would you call the Audi R8 a supercar? If so, then you can buy a supercar with $200k. I don't know what kind of money you make, but normal people don't spend $200k on normal cars. They buy houses. The $200k price range is definitely reserved for supercars. You may be referring to the price range for hypercars.

        Also, Mercedes Benz is not owned by Volkswagen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For some odd reason I really like this car...

      Sadly everything else from BMW is getting extremely boring from a design perspective.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny how I have the exact opposite impression. The new 5-series looks handsome, so does the new 6-series. X3 improved a lot.

        But this thing....man I think it looks repulsive. To each his own I guess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nick

        Well, the new cars are nice, but boring compared to the "joy" they are supposed to be showing.

        The design flow just doesn't cut it anymore. They changed the grill and fog-lights, OMG THEY CHANGED THE GRILL AND FOG-LIGHTS. It doesn't make the design any newer/better, it's kinda getting old. Like how the new Camaro was received... 4 years of wait and then a spontaneous moan of "why does it look the same."

        But BMW isn't the only automaker guilty of stupidity in design as of late. Porsche is getting boring too. It can seem, though, that BMW got the bad end of the stick.... Aston Martin has to barely change anything and any "new" car still looks great. That Audi from 4 years ago is still beautiful. Some designs are timeless... Sadly that is not the case for BMW.

        My two-cents. After the first two... Or whatever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They went from experimental and at times successful design back to typically German conservative pre-Bangle in one fell swoop. I really liked the old 5, and the new one borders on bland in comparison. The 7 is nice but kinda forgettable. I won't even talk about the X1, X3 and X6...Ugh...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love the looks of this car so much, so much dynamic tension in the design and sculpting. It's really beautiful.

        The fact that it gets excellent mileage is also good, and portends improvements trickling down the BMW range over time.

        This really is the first BMW for the new century.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive tech, but looks like an aspiring pre-teen designer crossed a Chevy Volt and a Hot Wheels. Ugh...

      http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080909035645/hotwheels/images/a/a6/Impavido.i.l9943.a-l.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are there no torque specs on this thing yet? 'Cuz now-a-days, 328hp does not a supercar make. 700 ft-lbs of twist will, however.
        • 4 Years Ago
        590 ft-lbs, per the spec sheet
      • 4 Years Ago
      The engineering to pull off that much power from a 3 cylinder engine is incredible, but why would someone thats buying a 200 thousand dollar car be concerned with fuel economy? Bmw should stick to their racing roots and produce a supercar that will compete with the nissan gt-r, zonda, etc...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what BMW was saving the M1 moniker for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ ed_rc: Unfortunately, I doubt it. The reason why they didn't use the M1 name for the 1 Series M is because it's obviously not the reincarnation of the original M1 supercar and did not want it to be perceived as such. I could always be wrong, but I would be very surprised at this point if they introduced the 1M and then brought the M1. Very confusing to consumers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow a surprising amount of ignorance here. it's certainly not ugly. the only problem with it is that BMW is evil and don't really want to make a great car. they want to stick with old heavy primitive combustion engine based cars. so it will be half assed and delayed as long as they can get away with. because they are evil.
      but it's certainly not ugly
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just threw up in my mouth
      • 4 Years Ago
      $200k for a "supercar" powered by a 3 cylinder diesel hybrid powertrain that puts out 328hp?

      CP.
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