Lean, mean, green machine

Of course it’s wrong to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes don’t you look at eco-friendly cars and your heart just sinks. You know that under that boxy bonnet, functional form and Hollywood A-list driver worthiness, there beats a green heart of eco-gold. But don’t you yearn for a little fun while you’re saving the planet? BMW did. That’s why they have just unveiled the sublime BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car. And never has there been a time when you wish the present could catch up with the future. Quickly.

According to company it is described “as combining the performance of a BMW M Model with the fuel consumption and emissions of a modern small car”. It’s near production-ready and features BMW’s latest ActiveHybrid technology that offers fuel consumption of only 3.76 litres per 100 km with CO2 emissions of between 50 and 99g/km from a three-cylinder turbodiesel and electric motor on each axle. Energy generated from the engine and brakes recharges the batteries.

And this is all very wonderful and eco-friendly, but this is also mean-looking green machine with glowing blue lights, transparent body panels and gull-wing doors. It is just 1.24 metres high and all those seamlessly connected über lightweight aerodynamic panels are created from sustainable materials.It’s also fast. All that green technology is not just for show. The car boasts an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph and can accelerate from a standing start to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds. “This is the sports car of the future as BMW imagines it,” says director of BMW Group Design Andrian van Hooydonk. “We wanted to create a car that is fun to drive as well as efficient.”

It looks like they might have succeeded. The future looks bright. Bright green.

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