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      10-28-2008, 01:16 PM   #1
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Talking BMW Plans for "Green" Supercar

BMW is exploring a plan to build what a senior company official calls "a breakthrough green supercar" by the end of 2012.

The new car would rival the Audi R8 and forthcoming Mercedes SLC, and has been described by company insiders as ‘a puristic two-seater that draws on all the very latest BMW technology and lightweight build processes.’

The car is also intended to showcase BMW’s Efficient Dynamics programme, combining fuel-saving technology such as direct injection, brake energy regeneration and stop-start.

A source privy to early design proposals says that the new BMW supercar will be the equivalent of a modern-day M1, a car that the company recently made reference to with the retro M1 Homage concept.

The as-yet-unnamed new model will be capable of combining supercar performance and driving dynamics with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions "on a par with or better than a mid-range 5-series".

The car will be mid-engined, with power most likely to come from a retuned version of the company’s twin-turbocharged, 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine.

BMW is also considering introducing it with a kinetic energy recovery system similar to the one that the company’s F1 team will be using next year.

Source: Autocar


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      10-28-2008, 01:34 PM   #2
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I like the concept drawing
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      10-28-2008, 01:44 PM   #3
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This should be the new 8-Series.
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Exclamation BMW working on 'green supercar' for 2012

According to a senior company official that spoke with AutoCar, BMW is planning “a breakthrough green supercar” by the end of 2012. Now we’re not sure if this different from the production CS Concept that we’ve been hearing about but the car is said to rival the Audi R8 and upcoming Mercedes-Benz Gullwing SLC.

BMW’s Efficient Dynamics division will enable fuel-saving technology with direct-injection, brake energy regeneration and stop-start. Insiders say the car is a “puristic two-seater that draws on all the latest BMW technology and lightweight build processes.”

The BMW green supercar will carry supercar performance with fuel-consumption and CO2 levels that of the mid-range 5-Series. Power will come from uprated version of the company’s 3.0L 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine. A source close to the project says that the new car will be influenced by the M1 Hommage concept.

Click through for a high-res image gallery of the BMW M1 Hommage Concept.

Source: eGMCarTech

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Wow! I look forward to 2012!! Hope it looks something like the M1 Hommage concept!
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oh wow... i can't wait to see what they come up with. Really good to hear it will be mid-engined which is the best engine layout imo. I hope its light too. (under 3100 would be great) I've been wanting BMW to come out with a supercar for a long time.
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it's a repost by a couple hours
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=181789
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Hope it doesn't end up looking like the drawing - that looks like a catfish...
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The artist needs to reconsider his hobby/profession. That looks like a deformed cougar/panther/cat-thing up front.

All I needed to hear was "lightweight". I'm all for a supercar that's light. I just hope they offer other engine variants than just the I6.
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sorry didn't catch it earlier
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The artist needs to reconsider his hobby/profession. That looks like a deformed cougar/panther/cat-thing up front.

All I needed to hear was "lightweight". I'm all for a supercar that's light. I just hope they offer other engine variants than just the I6.
TT V6?
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According to a senior company official that spoke with AutoCar, BMW is planning “a breakthrough green supercar” by the end of 2012. Now we’re not sure if this different from the production CS Concept that we’ve been hearing about but the car is said to rival the Audi R8 and upcoming Mercedes-Benz Gullwing SLC.

BMW’s Efficient Dynamics division will enable fuel-saving technology with direct-injection, brake energy regeneration and stop-start. Insiders say the car is a “puristic two-seater that draws on all the latest BMW technology and lightweight build processes.”

The BMW green supercar will carry supercar performance with fuel-consumption and CO2 levels that of the mid-range 5-Series. Power will come from uprated version of the company’s 3.0L 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine. A source close to the project says that the new car will be influenced by the M1 Hommage concept.

Click through for a high-res image gallery of the BMW M1 Hommage Concept.

Source: eGMCarTech

BMW says the M1 has been cancelled. They will work on more environmentally friendly diesels etc... Just saw this today.
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Wow! I look forward to 2012!! Hope it looks something like the M1 Hommage concept!
+1 , or maybe with a little bit of higher roofline.

supercar and green ?? and you guys are thinking about TT??? forget about it, its either going to be some new "thing" that bmw will invent or prolly something electric like tesla. i mean as long as the engine is fast i don't care what it is made out of, yea sure i like to hear the engine roar but, its green and fast, you can't have EVERYTHING at the same time right
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Super Car & Green, thats a mouth full combining both of those together. They say the ecomony of a 5 series, so the green part is more the colour then?
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the engine will be powered by mr fusion.
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Damn, I was hoping BMW developed a real exotic car.
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Green and super car don't go together. Who gives a crap about being green. Good there making a super car.
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how much can you get from that 3l inline 6 engine anyways...theoretically. Been around forever.
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