Munich, Germany – BMW will introduce its Vision EfficientDynamics concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show, featuring a unique powertrain, exoskeletal-style bodywork and groundbreaking performance potential.

Powered by a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine and two electric motors, the concept is capable of M3 performance but with a fraction of that model’s CO2 emissions and far greater fuel economy. The concept car produces an estimated 356 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, but is capable of achieving 3.7 L/100 km. It is also capable of running solely in electric mode.

The concept also highlights a number of technologies that will appear on BMWs in the near future, including an Air Curtain system that channels air through a front valance and expels it ahead of the front wheel, deflecting air from the wheel arch and reducing turbulence. The exoskeletal styling, derived from Formula 1, produces a drag coefficient of 0.22, the lowest figure of any BMW road car, while the body creates down force without large spoilers.

The 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel also presents production potential, capable of a peak output of 163 horsepower, a new record in terms of output per litre, with a peak of 214 lb-ft of torque. It can power the car alone or work in conjunction with the electric drive, and alternatively, can be used to charge the electric drive battery pack. The two electric motors are mounted one on each axle, working in conjunction to produce the vehicle’s maximum power output. The concept uses an enhanced version of BMW’s existing seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

The Vision EfficientDynamics also showcases BMW’s Thermo Electric Generator, currently being tested and developed for production. It generates an electrical current through the temperature change between two metal-based semi-conductors, and generates enough charge to power some of the auxiliary features.

The company will also display the new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics sedan, the 5 Series Gran Turismo, X1, X5 10-Year Anniversary Edition, and new engine introductions into existing models, including the 118d Coupe and 120i Coupe.

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