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BMW Teases Sports Coupe, Half Hearted Request For No Blogging Ignored

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On: Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 3:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW Teases Sports Coupe, Half Hearted Request For No Blogging Ignored

Car companies are sure getting creative about how they tease upcoming cars and concepts. In a bit of a reverse psychological campaign, BMW has set up the website "dontblogaboutthis.com" to tease a new prototype based on a 6 Series coupe. The website features two video clips and several photographs of the model.

The new prototype is expected to be launched under BMW's EfficientDynamics umbrella in 2012. While BMW falls short of providing any details of the powertrain or specs of the prototype, reports indicate that it will be guided by the show-stopping EfficientDynamics concept debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Decked out with photochromic glass, transparent scissor doors and a stunning, blue-LED-backed kidney grille, the Vision EfficientDynamics concept from Frankfurt featured an all-wheel-drive configuration with a 60 kW motor up front and a 38 kW motor housed in back between the engine and six-speed transmission. A 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbodiesel engine worked with the two motors to power the car and deliver power to the 98-cell lithium-polymer battery pack, offering up to 35 miles of all-electric driving and 400 miles of combined gas/electric propulsion. A plug-in hybrid, the Vision EfficientDynamics was designed to be charged in 2.5 hours using a 220V outlet.

The concept packed 356 horses and 590 lb-ft altogether. It was capable of hitting 62 mph in 4.8 seconds while cutting fuel consumption to around 62 mpg. Speed was electronically limited to 155 mph.

It's not clear how much of the concept has transferred over to the prototype, but from the picture, we can see a front end that shares the grille, slit headlights and prominent fender flares of the concept. BMW spent much time in maximizing the aerodynamics of the EfficientDynamics concept and it looks like the sports coupe will benefit from that engineering.

At the time it launched, BMW explained in a press release:

"With the combustion engine fitted in front of the rear axle, the designers have succeeded in giving the car a very low front end, with the flow of air being further smoothened by active louvers in front of the radiator, which close completely when the need for cooling air is low. This efficient function follows in the footsteps of the active air flap control already used as a feature of BMW EfficientDynamics in some of BMW's current production models. As a further highlight, BMW Vision EfficientDynamics guides air smoothly and exactly as required into the car through an active air intake at the front."

Earlier this summer, Edmunds reported that BMW was working on a sports car to compete with the Mercedes SL and Audi R8. That model was said to be based on the Vision EfficientDynamics concept and may prove to be one and the same with this prototype. An Autocar report in March also indicated that BMW's M6 replacement would be an R8 rival and would include cues from the Vision EfficientDynamics.

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