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BMW Vision EffecientDynamics To Be Called the i8 in Production

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On: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Weiss


Well, we're very happy to report that soon we may never have to write "Vision EfficientDynamics" again. That too-big-to-effectively-fit-on-the-rear-of-a-car collection of consonants, vowels and randomly combined words may eventually be replaced by the much more type-friendly "i8," if recent Internet rumor-mongoring is to be believed.

The rumor makes a lot of sense. The i comes from BMW's 'Project i," the research and development arm focused on efficient city vehicles. The Vision EfficientDynamics would serve as the flagship of the "i" line. The 8 relates directly to the last BMW supercar: the never-built M8 prototype.

However, with the production version of the VED not expected to launch until 2013, the name is far from a lock-in, even if you're willing to believe that BMW is currently leaning toward it. And as BMW Blog points out, the VED isn't positioned as a pure performance supercar in the vein of the 550-hp M8, but as more of a high-end performance hybrid, a delicate mix of performance and efficient technology. In its concept form, the VED put out over 200 horses less than the M8 (328 hp) with its combination of 3-cylinder turbodiesel, front-mounted hybrid synchronous motor and rear-mounted hybrid engine.

We should also note that the name i100 Active Hybrid has also been floating around.

Whatever the car is called in its production form, we know that it's coming. BMW confirmed in early November that a car based on the VED is go.

The VED was originally launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It boasted such (BMW-sourced) numbers as 4.8 seconds to 62 mph, 75 mpg and 99 g/km CO2 emissions. Its lithium-polymer-powered, plug-in powertrain offered up to 31 miles of all-electric driving. We'd expect the final production model to show up at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Recent reports indicate that the VED/i8 will base out at around $235,000 when it hits the market in 2014. We can't wait to see what the production model looks like.




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