Last year, BMW caused quite a stir with its elegant-yet-awkwardly-named Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car. This hybrid sports coupe with vertical doors and a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine also has a hybrid drive system at both the front and rear wheels. With a combined power output of 328 horsepower and a o-62 mph time of just 4.8 seconds, this isn’t exactly your grandmother’s hybrid concept. It’s just a concept though, right?
Wrong. In a press release sent out last week, BMW confirmed that the Vision Efficient Dynamic concept would indeed be heading for production. Time to get excited.
The Vision Efficient Dynamic Concept is a 2+2 sports coupe that uses mostly off-the-shelf technology to get over 75 mpg in Euro standards, or about 62 mpg in US standards, while maintaining a very futuristic look and sporty driving experience. The concept has won plenty of awards and elicited enthusiastic responses from auto fanatics the world over. Just don’t expect the final production car to look just like the concept, though it will hopefully maintain a sportier look.
I’m happy to see at least one major automaker stepping up and saying “hybrids can be fun”. The Efficient Dynamics will be of the plug-in hybrid variety, but the electric motors combined with the turbodiesel engine should certainly make for a spirited driving experience. I was doubtful the Efficient Dynamics concept would actually become a production car, but people really seem to be buying into the idea that hybrids can be fun. That is, if you can afford it. It is a BMW after all, and while it may use “off-the-shelf” technology, that technology isn’t necessarily cheap. Expect a price well north of $100,000 when this concept finally does become a reality.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.