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BMW Vision EfficientDynamics To Cost $230K When It Debuts In 2013

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On: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 11:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics To Cost $230K When It Debuts In 2013

In the market for a high-performance German-built hybrid supercar? Of course, we all are. Well, it's looking like your most affordable option at the moment will be the Vision EfficientDynamics from BMW. New reports indicate that the car will be priced from £150,000 ($234K) when it hits the market in 2013. Not exactly cheap, but lower than the expected $250,000 price tag of the Mercedes SLS E-Cell and way cheaper than the rumored $600,000 price of the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid.

Actually according to an Inside Line report, BMW sales and marketing director Ian Robertson indicated that the car would be less than 150,000 pounds--so maybe 149.9. At today's rate that equates to around $234,000. That number fits right into the slot below the $245,000 Rolls Royce Ghost. According to a Bloomberg report last month, BMW previously indicated that the VED's price would be below Rolls Royce models.

The Vision EfficientDynamics is a diesel-hybrid that was introduced at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It pairs a three-cylinder turbo diesel with electric motors on both the front and rear axles. The diesel-hybrid powertrain puts out 328 horses while delivering up to 435 miles of overall range. The car is capable of all-electric driving at distance up to around 31 miles.

When it unveiled the VED concept last year, BMW indicated that it could hit 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. Efficiency was given at around 62 mpg and the electronically-limited top speed was 155 mph.

After several months of teasing an unspecified model on its site "Dontblogaboutthis.com" BMW revealed that the Vision EfficientDynamics was indeed the car pictured and was going through to production lines. That announcement came just last month.

The German hybrid supercar market is promising to be a rather large field. Porsche has confirmed that it will offer the 918 Spyder Hybrid, a 718-hp hybrid supercar debuted as a concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, and Mercedes Benz is working on an electric SLS. Meanwhile, Audi has been showing up at major auto shows all year with tweaked versions of its e-tron concept, and is expected to offer its first e-tron model by 2012 or 2013.

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