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Old 09-09-2010, 11:05 AM   #21
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EV with a range extender engine (hence the tailpipe) similar to the Volt?
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:22 PM   #22
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Before i forget, they dealer also had another model there, a bit smaller than the X6 but bigger than the X3, it was a small sized suv, that one also was all covered in tape only had the windows and handles cleared of the white paper, it also looked "off" not quite what BMW would design...well not their lines....also wondering what that was... anyone knows ?
5er GT things are ghey lookin
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:44 PM   #23
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front end resembles the efficient dynamics concept from awhile back. Like most said, eletric or hydrogen car.
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Old 09-10-2010, 11:04 AM   #24
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I really hope that, if they're going to further their hybrid line, they do it right. Having the electric inline with the motor is the half-arsed way of doing hybrid. I was looking into a new hybrid honda CR-Z, and in their history section for the car, the 1985 CR-X was getting 45-50MPG. Then, wait a minute, this half arsed hybrid has a crappy little SOHC 1.5L and only gets 33-38MPG! WTF! Anyway, the best way to go is the way of the Chevy Volt. In fact, this is nowhere near a new idea. We've had passive hybrids in every diesel train engine ever made. The difference there is that the train is using the electrics as a means of power transmission without a clutch (which would burn up instantly trying to move a train). But using a small, cheap battery or even capacitor bank to handle acceleration needs, you can set the ICE to run at a much more consistent RPM to meet charging demands, and suddenly you have a supremely efficient way to power the car with very little cost in batteries (most of the cost of an EV) and no changes need be made to existing fueling systems. But this sort of thing has been stalled at every turn because a sudden decrease in fuel usage would not only mean the decline of oil industries and their associated bit of the economy, but also effect the jobs millions of people all across the country. But with more and more people clamoring for something other than oil, they've given in, but only a bit at a time. Hybrids were their first concession, but that's a joke, as you can see from the CR-Z example, we're not making any progress with hybrid cars, they've actually come down in efficiency from a freakin 1985 carbureted motor! But the really cool thing to come of all this, is that when we finally have our electric motors dolling out the power, we'll have some REALLY fast cars.
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:33 PM   #25
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its the new electric powerd 6 series
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Old 09-11-2010, 09:45 AM   #26
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Those tires say TEST on the side of them, maybe they are just for that, testing, and thats why they are so skinny

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Maybe I'm making things up, but didn't BMW want to skip the Hybrid scene and go straight to electric/hydrogen?
I think you're right.

Two things I noticed:

1) its silent - suggests electric

2) Look at that silver colored support under the rear bumper..... thats wide and flat.... typically where the fuel tank is.... got to be holding batteries or something?
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:00 AM   #27
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My guess is the BMW Active Dynamics EV... likely a Hydrogen test car... or, just an ACTIVE HYBRID, but they already have those in production, so not likely a simply Hybrid... therefore, my guess is a production test mule for a Hydrogen EV powertrain.. likely to be low volume, high cost, leased to "preferred" customers in Germany to gain experience in the field for the powertrain.

They just showed the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept this year, which looks like an EV/Hybrid precursor... and the 6 is going away this year... my guess, they are replacing the 6 coupe with a "Sports Hybrid/Hydrogen" type coupe, hence the 6 body for the mule. Note the skinny tires like the concept too...



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I dont see a problem with the Hybrids... just gotta keep the good design...
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:20 PM   #29
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It does have an exhaust pipe, so most likely not full electric...
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:27 PM   #30
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I dont see a problem with the Hybrids... just gotta keep the good design...
The problem is they're not nearly as efficient in real-world use as they make them out to be. Especially if used in the way most BMW are.
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Old 09-11-2010, 11:35 PM   #31
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The problem is they're not nearly as efficient in real-world use as they make them out to be. Especially if used in the way most BMW are.
Haha - hybrids are presently a status-symbol gimmick. The ecosphere isn't going to be saved by a fleet of mini-engined, mobile battery-packs. They have a long way to go before they really start making an impact.
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:56 PM   #32
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This was put on youtube 2 days ago....
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the front looks a lot like the active hybrid concept
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:38 PM   #34
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i'm sure saturn could share some info about releasing a car without a market.

i mean, besides looking like a piece of garbage, there just wasn't a market for it. the same may go for hydrogen, but anything bmw makes won't be cheap.
goddamn that is ugly.
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pretty sure they're releasing a production version of the efficient dynamics concept, definitely looks like one under the camo
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