• Mar 24, 2011
The forums are alight with word that BMW will be bringing something unique to this year's Tokyo Motor Show. According to the BMW-obsessed crowd over at M3Post.com, the Roundel is looking to flex its muscles when it comes to lightweight engineering with an M concept that boasts the best the company has to offer. Supposedly, the chassis will use a plethora of exotic materials to shave off every last pound, including magnesium, titanium, thermoplastic and carbon fiber. Unfortunately, it sounds like the concept will be a one-off piece and not something that's destined for production. A real shame since we could really go for a 1 Series CSL.

That doesn't mean BMW won't use the technology in the concept in its production vehicles, though. The German manufacturer has made it clear that carbon-fiber reinforced plastic is going to be a big part of its vehicles moving forward, and we wouldn't be surprised to see the material joined by other lightweight components as shedding pounds becomes increasingly important to meeting fuel economy and performance goals.

[Source: M3 Post]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm all for light weight materials, as long as they don't end up in the shape depicted in that picture.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This car is begging for a electric current.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought the Tokyo Motor Show was canceled this year because of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear power plant disasters.
      • 3 Years Ago
      bmw is the only luxury brand out their really trying to push their cars into the future design-wise, even if their not always attractive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It reminds me an Alfa Romeo 159.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dummie
        Probably you're right! What a car...I remember it with a Martini's logo and red/blue stripes!
        However, I live in Milan and I see a lot of Alfas every day, just try to imagine 2 extra lights and an AR badge: the hood has the same design!
        http://www.mondomotoriblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/alfa_sportwagon.jpg
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bart:

        Actually, if you look at what actually goes into production, I believe BMW is more innovative and unafraid to take risks. The R8 is essentially a rebadged and reworked Gallardo. BMW came under intense scrutiny and criticism for Bangle's designs, yet stuck with his designs. BMW's iDrive was essentially laughed at and hated by all automotive journalists and consumers, yet they stuck with it. Bangle's designs and the iDrive are now essentially copied by all major BMW competitors, including Audi. Sure, other companies have taken BMW's ideas and made them better, but BMW has always been pushing the envelope and advancing automotive design.