More details emerge on the BMW Z10, unlikely to appear before late 2014

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept

BMW has no plans to build a production version of the CS Concept or the M1 Hommage Concept. However, the automaker has been very vocal about another supercar internally known as the BMW Z10. Word of development on the Z10 started earlier this year, followed by confirmation by BMW Group’s head of design, Adrian van Hooydonk.

At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept, which is virtually a study of a production Z10. According to Automobile Magazine, the car is being engineered as a coupe and a roadster with substantially more interior room than a Porsche 911. Target weight for the production Z10 is set in the vicinity of 3,300 pounds.

At first, engineers were concentrating on a twin-turbo V8 for the Z10, but now EfficientDynamics has taken priority. Sources say that BMW is now considering a 3.0L twin-turbo straight-6 rated at 450-hp and a peak torque of 350 lb-ft. Rumor has it that BMW is also messing around with a twin-turbo V6.

The BMW Vision EfficientDynmaics Concept is powered by 163-hp 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and two electric motors making a total output 356-hp with a maximum torque of 590 lb-ft. 0 to 62 mph comes in just 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph and fuel-economy is estimated at 63 mpg. No word on whether that will play a role in the production version of the Z10.

The production BMW Z10 will be positioned above the M5 with prices in the $110,000 range. The car is unlikely to appear before late 2014 or early 2015.

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept:

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automobile