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Another Movie-Star Car: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

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On: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 3:41PM | By: Chris Weiss

Another Movie-Star Car: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics

Batman may be sticking with its Lambo roots, but another action movie franchise has decided to go a little greener in its auto buying. The new Mission Impossible installment will give Tom Cruise a new, green vehicular sidekick—the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. Certainly chosen for its distinctive look and not entirely its hybrid powertrain, the car will definitely look good on the big screen.

Ever since we saw its icy grille and beady eyes at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Vision EfficientDynamics concept has been one of those cars that we couldn't forget if we tried. It's no wonder Hollywood came knocking on BMW's door for a loaner.

BMW may be in the process of toning down the in-your-face styling for the upcoming i8 production version of the VED, but it looks like the movie prop will share the radical design of the concept, with its ice-blue grille and accents. We've seen a few teaser pictures of the movie version and it appears that it's the same silver-and-blue version that BMW was spotted driving in Abu Dhabi this past winter. Blue accents and glass doors are present and accounted for.

The original Vision EfficientDynamics featured an electric motor on each axle and a three-cylinder turbodiesel. These combined for fuel economy of around 63 mpg, as well as sporty numbers like 328-hp, a 4.8-second 0-to-62 mph and a 155-mph electronically limited top speed.

Last fall, BMW confirmed that it was building a production version of the VED. Later, it confirmed that the model will bear the much simpler name "i8". The production version will use a gas engine in place of the diesel model, an engine that's expected to be a new, 1.5-liter three-cylinder. It should carry around 300 horses in the engine and electric motors. The car will likely debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The VED will beat the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 to the theaters, as Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol will hit theaters in December.

The world may not need another Tom Cruise-headlined Mission Impossible movie, but it could always use more VED.


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