Are we finally getting a mid-engined BMW sports car which will be unveiled in Paris?
BMW has been doing a lot of promotional activity before the Paris show. It has stemmed from their dontblogaboutthis.com website which has been teasing us for so long our mouse cursor has turned blue. We did as they asked, and didn't blog or write about it, because we found the lame (sorry, they were lame) teasers quite boring. It was just an old 6 series being shown, yawn. So what changed? The most recent teaser showed what looked like the Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept. Well, that got our attention. It seems BMW is ready to unveil the production version at the Paris Autoshow, as in, in the next 24 hours.
The 6 series that was shown driving around we believe was testing the drivetrain for the production vehicle. BMW is all about being green and nice right now so a hybrid diesel is most likely the powertrain. Ok, calm down, not exactly what you want from an R8 rivaling sports car, I know. They have to do this to show us the "efficiency" aspect so that it can pave the way for the N63/S63 twin turbo V8 to make its way in there. If they only plan on offering the hybrid powertrain, that won't satisfy the power hungry among us who are getting frustrated there is no real sports car offering from BMW. We are hoping when this is unveiled it paves the way to a twin turbo mid-engine sports car, a real M1. That, or we get to start talking about mpg numbers instead of dyno or 1/4 mile numbers.