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BMW's Tesla killer(?) - C&D

I can't resist putting this in [Competition] since I wish '''someone''' WAS competing...

Meet BMWs Silent, 700-Horsepower Tesla Killer C&D
December 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm by Michael Taylor

...combination of the companys next-generation battery tech, two electric motors, and a front-mounted four-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline motor. It has been built to prove the optimistic musings from a handful of engineers, who are convinced theres a fillable hole between now-conventional plug-in hybrids and battery-electric cars. And they call it The Thing...

...a scalable model for BMWs future zero- and low-emission cars, with the powertrains output ultimately able to be turned down to as low as 250 horsepower and all the way up to 650 horsepower. The idea is that it would run as a pure EV for at least two-thirds of the time...

...The all-wheel-drive Thing combines a 270-hp electric motor at the rear wheels, a new-generation 200-hp electric motor at the front wheels, a battery with twice the storage capacity of BMWs current plug-in hybrids (while maintaining the same physical size), and a 230-hp turbo four-cylinder that chimes in when its needed. Which isnt often. In pure-electric mode, its rated for 470 horsepower and can spin all four wheels at will from a standing start. Who says EVs are boring?...

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Re: BMW's Tesla killer(?) - C&D

That thing is bone crushingly ugly.





That's about right.
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Re: BMW's Tesla killer(?) - C&D

^ as an APPLIANCE it's not awful
just
BuMble(w) has never recovered from being bangled-by-Bungle imho
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plethorizing thier models doesn't help imho

what I'm envious about is more that propellerheads have something SHOWN to look forward to
even more than their tech itself

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Re: BMW's Tesla killer(?) - C&D

reading the equivalent GMI thread,
I'm reminded that at least Lincoln hasn't brought out an EdseLR

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BMW is missing the mark once again.

Tesla consumers are attracted to the 'pure' electric drivetrain. ZERO gasoline, NO gas tank, ZERO CO2, sleek design, highest safety, and with Dual Mode....the fastest production sedan.

The idea of dragging around a old school gasoline engine, and a tank full of highly explosive fossil fuel, in a big, heavy, awkwardly designed 'thing' is way off target. Even if BMW goes carbon fiber, the cost would be 'extreme' to say the least.

By comparison, the i8 offers 357 total HP, along with the 1.5L ICE engine, and costs over $135k.

Without the 'engine' we are talking about 470HP. While the Tesla Model S P85D offers 691 All Electric HP. 470hp at the rear and 221 at the front. 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. Range EPA 250 miles.

The next gen Tesla Roadster with Dual Mode AWD and over 600 All Electric AWD is the future.
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