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Report: BMW Megacity to spawn EV, Sport models, Gran Coupe coming in 2012

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BMW Efficient Dynamics Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Rejoice, Bimmer fans. If you thought the new BMW interest in the world of hybrids and EVs spelt the beginning of the end for your favorite driving machine, think again. Word has surfaced that the company is planning a multitude of different versions of its Megacity EV, including at least one sports car. While chatting with Autocar, Ian Robertson, the head honcho of sales and marketing for the company, said that the Megacity will be made primarily of carbon fiber in order to hit weight targets, and that it will in fact be sold under the BMW banner instead of a newly-minted nameplate.

That's all fine and good, but what about this sports car? The publication cites an unnamed BMW board member as saying that the Megacity platform will spawn multiple variations. Combine that with word from Inside Line that the Bavarian automaker is mulling the creation of a genuine sports car to compete with the likes of the Audi R8 and Mercedes-Benz SL, and you've got a recipe for a genuine EV bruiser. Word has it that the creation would be sculpted in the image of the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept.

The IL crew also says that there's also plenty of indication that the ever lovely Grand Coupé will inspire the replacement model for the current 6 Series by late 2012. That's no bad thing in our book.

Keep in mind that all of this is still quite a ways off, though. The Megacity isn't expected to see the light of day until 2013 at the earliest, and any other progeny would crop up in the years to follow. In the automotive universe, a lot can change in two years.


Gallery: Frankfurt 2009: BMW Vision EfficientDynamics



[Source: Autocar, Inside Line]Report: BMW Megacity to spawn EV, Sport models, Gran Coupe coming in 2012 originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Jun 2010 13:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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