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With this prototype, BMW makes a step in a relatively virgin area, the plug-in diesel hybrids. But as a BMW, this concept must be economic, environmental, and especially sporty.
And it is : BMW Vision Concept is able to reach 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 250 km / h, these values, spectacular for a hybrid, being achieved at the cost of just 3.76 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers and CO2 emissions of 99 grams for one kilometers traveled.
How do they do it ? By combining a small diesel motor and two electric motors. Is a three-cylinder diesel of 1.5 liters, obtained by practically cutting in two the efficient 3.0-liter diesel from BMW 335d. This centrally mounted engine has an output of 163 hp and could even be a future solution for small class BMW models.
The diesel engine, however, is helped by two electric motors, one for each deck, raising the total power to 356 hp. The whole system is driven by a dual-clutch DCT box, similar to that dela M3 or Z4.
The Load duration is 2 hours and with a fuel tank of 25 liters full, BMW Vision Concept can travel almost 700 km.
As for the design, we let the pictures speak.
BMW team of researchers are working for two years at a solution that basically transforms the least experienced mechanic into a chief-engineer : glasses of intelligent assistance. They are connected wireless to a super-computer that contains all the necessary information for very complex actions.
The glasses are endowed with an objective which examines each component of the vehicle, and then, based on a chosen program, your computer may indicate his vision of the steps needed to go to solve the problem.