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BMW's new turbodiesel hybrid concept car does 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds; 75 mpg

BMW's new turbodiesel hybrid concept car does 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds; 75 mpg

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Have you seen BMW's new turbodiesel hybrid electric concept car? It's called the "Vision EfficientDynamics Concept" and it focuses on cranking out pe...

Have you seen BMW's new turbodiesel hybrid electric concept car? It's called the "Vision EfficientDynamics Concept" and it focuses on cranking out performance from a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine coupled with a pair of electric motors cranking out 265 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.

From a developmental standpoint, the vehicle's aim is to marry the performance of a BMW M Car, the looks of a supercar and the fuel economy and emission management of a small premium car.

In other words, all of the vroom-vroom of a gasoline-powered engine with none of the inefficiency.

How's it get there? Through "exceedingly good balance of CO2 emission management," the company says.

The tech behind the effort includes:

  • All-wheel drive layout with an electric motor on both the front and rear axle.
  • Acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h (roughly comparable to 0-60mph in the U.S.) in 4.8 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h (155 mph), electronically limited
  • Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle was 3.76 litres/100 km (equal to 75.1mpg)
  • CO2 emissions 99 grams/kilometer.
  • If you're into aerodynamics, the drag coefficient is an F1-friendly 0.22.
  • Electric power is generated without the slightest increase in fuel consumption through efficient Brake Energy Regeneration. Energy is stored in 98 lithium polymer cells.

The concept car is a 2+2-seater with gullwing doors. Roof and door inserts are made of polycarbonate glass that automatically become darker as a function of incoming light.

As a plug-in hybrid, BMW says the Vision EfficientDynamics concept is able to cover the entire fuel consumption drive cycle under electric power alone.

Still, the vehicle is able to cover a distance of just 31 miles in the electric mode alone.

Here's a video about the design behind the project:

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